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January 200 i 




A Pirate Looks At 70 

Bob Loveless speaks out ai a chronological crossroads. By Sieve Shackleford 

The Price Was Right Part II 

Study a Michael Price knife that is a tribute to both the maker and the owner. 
By Ed Fowler 

The Joy Of Cutting 

Meet the "cultured survival ist" behind Becker Knife & Tool. By Sieve Shackleford 

Examine whether Black originated the guardlcss, coffin-pommel bowie style. 
Si'././?. Edmondson 

I merson Knives, Inc., scores another cutlery coup. By Joe Kertzman 

Which Sheaths For Which Knives 

Know the proper sheaths for assorted using blades. By MSC Kim Breed 

How to Make a Knife From a File Part II 

The author takes you through the completion of a period piece. By Daniel Winkler 

What To Look For In A Using Folder 

Rvc knives for your cutting pleasure. By Dexter Ewing 

The Last Column 

The author signs off in his final installment of "BLADK Workshop." By Wayne Goddard 

Diamond In The Rough: Jeweler-Knifemaker 

Lenm how the two vocations complement each other. By Mike Haskew 

Russian Wizard of Filigree 

(ia/e upon the embellished wonders ofZaza Revishvili. By Butch Winter 

Big Bwana Blades on Safari 

Can Benchmade and Cold Steel knives survive the African gang-test? By Tom Murphy 


Slip one of these sweel folders into your pocket. By Joe Kertzman 





64 The BLADE Effect 


{'over Story 

72 Randall Answer Man 


BLADE® Wall Calendar 2000 

83 BLADL Shoppe Marketplace 


Cover Knife Giveaway 

103 BLADE List 


Readers Respond 

105 Classified Ads 


The Knife 1 Carry 

10K What's New 


Salute To Al Barton 

111 Ad Index 


Knifemaker Showcase 

1 13 Show Calendar 


Spec Sheet 

121 Where To Get 'Km 


Cioddard's y&A 

122 Handmade Gallery 


Guild Directions 

137 Next In BLADE 


Your Knife Rights 

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BLADE / 5 


' By Steve Shackleford 

A Tale of Two California Cutlers 

With a king's ransom in his unfinished knives 

on the pattern board behind him. Bob Loveless 

ponders a question during BLADE'S® exclusive 

interview beginning on page 12. 

There is a story behind two stories in this 
issue. The two stories are the interview 
with Bob Loveless and the tribute to 
the late Al Barton. The story behind them 
spans one year — the lime between the visits 
by yours truly and BLADE*) Advertising 
Manager Steve MeCowen to see both Love- 
less and Barton. 

The first visit was to Loveless's shop in 
September 1 999. It was a dream come true 
lo survey the work space of the man who 
brought handmade knives into the limelight. 
It seemed only natural to visit "The King of 
Custom Cutlery" since the BLADE staff 
would be in Costa Mesa, California, for the 
BLADE Show West, about an hour's drive 
from Riverside, home of the Loveless shop. 

While I had talked to Loveless several 
times at shows— though he did not recall our 
meetings -and more frequently by phone, I 
was a bit anxious about actually conversing 
with him on his home turf However, he was 
the consummate host, warmly welcoming us 
into his shop and spending a couple of hours 
talking freely about guns, polities, women, 
the economy — and, oh yes. knives. As a 

steel sage once said, if nothing else. Love- 
less always makes good copy. His language 
may be a bit colorful for some— he broke the 
bleep-o-meter in the interview starting on 
page 12 — but he shoots from the hip and 
rarely misses. It is an experience neither 
Steve or I will ever forget. 

At this year's BLADE Show West— the 
review of which will be in the February 
BLADE — Steve and 1 paid a call on Barton, 
the ABS master smith who had fought a 
courageous battle against esophageal cancer 
but who was close to losing the war. We 
drove to the Barton home, about two hours 
northeast of Costa Mesa in Barstow, and 
were warmly welcomed by Helen and Al. It 
is a visit Steve and 1 are thankful we made, 
for Al was gone only days later. (For more, 
see page 26.) 

Though I had known Al for but a couple 
of years, he had that uncanny knack of 
seeming to be a long-lost uncle. More than 
that he was a tighter who refused to give up, 
no matter the odds. 

His condition was especially pertinent to 
me because my father died of the same 

malady almost three years ago. Unlike my 
Dad, however, A I had undergone special 
surgery, a surgery after which only 15 
percent of the recipients live five years. Al 
was coming up on the fourth year when 
Steve and I visited him. 

During our meeting, Al talked about how 
proud he was to have been [he maker of Ihe 
ABS master smith knife auctioned for 
$6,2(1(1 al the 2000 1 J I. A 1)1 ■ Shun, i hough, 
due lo his illness, it was touch and go on 
whether he would have enough time to 
finish the piece. "Because of my illness, I 
didn't know how long 1 had to do it." he 
said. "I worked on that knife in-between 
ui her orders so u would be done in time for 
the show." Being the battler he was, not only 
did Al linish the knife, he had it done a year 

As we sat there and talked to Al, it 
dawned on me: Even though he was dying. 
his inner strength was as vital as ever, if not 
more so. I marveled al bow, despite his dete- 
riorated physical condition, his spirit was 
unsinkable. His refusal to yield lo all the 
pain and suffering was an inspiration to 
Steve and I, one that made us realize just 
how petty any minuscule problems we may 
face on this temporary plane really are. 

Here's to Al Barton, a Irtte one-in-a- 

It is with sorrow thai BLADE notes the pass- 
ing of James Mattis of Glcndale, California. 
a knilcmaker and owner ol'Chai Cutlery. 
Mains was heavilv involved in ihe liuei'iict. 
serving as a moderator on one of the cutlery 
forums, and also was active in knife rights 
and knife legislation, 

Another passing of the torch this issue is 
Wayne Goddard's final installment of 
"BLADE Workshop" (see page 112), which 
has been operating under the title of "All 
About Grinders" for the past few issues. 
"The BLADE Answer Man" is cutting back 
on his schedule, in part because of Ihe unre- 
lenting editorial deadlines and in part to 
spend more time making knives. We did not 
want to overblow the cutback heeause we 
were afraid some of our "Wayne-ophiles" 
might start Jonesin". Besides, Goddard will 
continue his "Question & Answer" series so 
fear not, Wayne-ophiles — Goddard's still 
here and BLADE ',< got him! Blade 




Warren Osborne's Innova 
Frame® is his latest interframe 
design, though instead of an 
interframe it is what he calls a "semi -inter- 
frame" — the handle inlay is not enclosed as 
on a standard interframe — with French 
curves fluted into the mother-of-pearl 
handle. Naturally enough, the French curves 
are fashioned in the shape of the French 
curve, a flat drafting instrument used to 
connect a set of individual points with a 
smooth curve. An example of the instrument 
is at the bottom of the cover page. 

The fancy folder is the latest in 
BLADE'S® exclusive Cover Giveaway 
Knife Program. For details on how you 
could win the classy Osborne folder, see 
page 9. 

Originally known simply as Model 36, 
the knife got the name of Innova Frame 
from one of Osborne's customers. "Model 
36 wasn't good enough for him," Warren 
laughed. To the best of his understanding, 
Osborne said. Innova is a mixture of 
languages that means "new and innovative." 
Blade steel is Mike Norris stainless 
damascus in D-2 hand finished to 3,00(1 grit. 
The frame is 4 Id stainless. The engraving is 
by Sam Alfano. The piece carries the serial 
number 002. Osborne's list price for the 
knife without the engraving: S 1,300. 

For more detail on this or other of 
Osborne's work, contact him at 215 Fdge- 
field, Dept. BLI, Waxahachie, TX 75165 

1'lie covei photo is hj Huh Best. 


hosen as Blade Magazine's 1 999 Best Buy, Kershaw's Black Out is one 
extremely sweet knife. Black Out uses Speed -Safe technology — designed 
and developed by custom knife maker Ken Onion — for assisted opening 
that is smooth and easy. Sleek, sophisticated, and super-tough, Black Out 
features titanium-nitride-coated, 440A blade steel honed to a razor edge, 
structurally reinforced, black Polyamide handles, and durable 
stainless-steel liners. Pick up one (or a bagful} of these 
sweet Onions at your nearest Kershaw dealer. 

For information: 















The winner of the Blade featured 
cover knife for June 2000 is 
John Fleck, III, Hunterdon, N.J. 
James Poetzinger, New London, Conn, 
is the July cover knife winner. 

January Cover Knife 
Showcases Stainless 

Engraved by master engraver 

Sam Alfano, Warren Osborne's 

stainless stee! lookback 

showcases a stainless 

damascus blade and a fluted 

mother-of-pearl handle inlay 

with a "French Curve" 


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to fit the space available. 

Change The Ground Rules? 

I enjoyed "Rating the Top Factory Stain- 
lesscs" in the September 2000 BLADE® 
and endorse what you arc trying to do in 
rating factory stainless steels. As you say, 
"No rating system is perfect," You have 
made a good attempt a! this difficult subject. 
However. I suggest that the ground rules 
could have been different. For example, you 
could have included some of the newer 
stainless steels— such as CPM S90V (420V) 
and maybe even Stellite® or Taloniteifi) 
(even [hough, technically. ihe> an.' mil sum- 
less steels) in an objective comparison— and 
used standardized methods where possible. 

Stain and corrosion resistance could be 
measured by "salt spray" testing, a standard 
technique for measuring corrosion resis- 
tance. The steels can be exposed concur- 
rently for increasing periods and then their 
resistance can be weighed or compared. 
Toughness/impact resistance can be 
measured with machines, thereby removing 
all subjectivity. This can be done only with 
the sleels all heal treated to some agreed- 
upon or optimal hardness. 

Edge retention and ease of sharpening 
are a little more difficult to measure but 
these can be done objectively. It is critical to 
note that these properties are linked to hard- 
ness/heal treatment and must be done at 
some nominated Rockwell hardness. Also, 
the nature of the edge and grind are impor- 
tant, loo, as one of the makers said. To be 
compared, the grinds should be standard- 

Finally, some would argue that giving 
each trail or quality equal value is not valid. 
The scoring analysis you did as a way of 
handling the data you received was fine if 
you accept that each trait is equal. How one 
handles this (i.e., balancing the needs of the 
various users) 1 do not know. To me, I 
would rank the traits in the following order 
according to their various levels of impor- 
tance, 10 being most important to 6 being of 
minor importance: 

•Edge retention: 10 — surely a most impor- 
tant property of any steel at a given hard- 

•Toughness: 8— at a given hardness, this is 
important as a blade cannot he too brittle or 
too soft; 

•Stain resistance: 7 — crueial if "stainless" 
steels are considered; and; 
•Ease of sharpening: 6 — though with the 
emergence diamond stones, this trail is less 

10 /BLADE 


I began reading BLADE IK months ago at 
about the lime I made my first knife. 
Having caught the cutlery bug, I decided to 
attend The Knifemakers' Guild Show in 
New Orleans this past summer to look at 
some good knives and to uill. to sunn- expe- 
rienced makers. My son, Nicholas, 7, who 
had just gotten his first knife, an original 
Boy Scout folder, was thrilled to come 

Our first hour at the show on Friday 
afternoon brought us near Judge Lowell 
Bray's table. As we were finishing admiring 
another maker's work. Judge Bray — a maker 
and BLADE field editor — invited us to his 
table. After politely asking my permission. 
Judge Bray told Nick that he thought he 
might have a knife just his size, whereupon 
he produced a small fixed blade that he had 
made and gave it to Nick as a gift. No! 
knowing how to express my thanks to the 
judge for his spontaneous generosity, I 
settled for reluming the next day and lakmg 
a photograph of him with Nick, a print of 
which is enclosed. 

Over die course of the next few days, wc 
discovered that Judge Bray's generosity is 
the norm rather than the exception among 
knifemakers. From Jay Hendrickson, who 
gave me a great lesson on how to solder 
guards; to J.D, Smith, who carefully lifted 
Nick up onto a table so he could photograph 
one of Smith's magnificent damaseus 

blades; to Billy Letcher, who inspired me to 
take a crack at engraving; to J.L. Hollelt, 
who let Nick hold thai huge camel bone 
while 1 looked at his beautiful work — we 
found knifemakers to be polite profession- 
als, one and all. 

For making a newcomer and his son fee] 
welcome, the knifemakers at the Guild Show 
have our gratitude. 

Scott Olson, Glen Cove, New York 

Judge Lowell Bray and Nicholas Olson 
visit behind the judge's table at The Knife- 
makers' Guild Show in New Orleans. 

of an issue. 

Thanks for a great magazine! 

Eugene DimitriaJis, Victoria. Australia 

A Heart So Big 

It is with great sadness that I observe the 
passing of my wonderful friend and master 
bladesrnith, Jim Schmidt. 

Jim was an extraordinary knifemaker 
who leaves quite a legacy as a teacher and 
mentor to many line knifemakers. He began 
his knii'emaking career in 1975 and was one 
of the first group of five makers to earn the 
ABS title of master smilh. Jim was a very 
intelligent and creative man who was 
always eager to share his knowledge with 
anyone who asked. His intelligence and 
sharing nature- even more than his talent- 

is what made him a one-of-a-kind. 

Jim had many other hobbies he loved, 
such as hot rods and antique cars. Collecting 
African weapons and sculpture was a 
passion we shared together. Jim was very 
methodic and well read when it came to his 
collections. 1 always learned something 
when I was with him. He was a fine teacher 
and I, like many others, will miss him 
greatly. He was a large man but I believe 
needed that size to carry a heart so big. 

In 1983 1 tried to take him out of charac- 
ter and ordered a damaseus -wrapped, Cali- 
fornia-style knife. Jim, of course, made 
folders. 1 le made my blade in 1 984. 1 saw it. 
Every lime wc were together we joked 
about my "California knife." He always said 
he was working on it. I plan to ask him 
about it when 1 see him again. 

Phil Lobred, San Diego. California Blade 



Freedom is good. Now you can pick from fourteen CRKTM 16 models 
with carbon fibre, aluminum, orZyteVInierFrame construction. 





Kit Carson, Knifemakers' 
Guild member and designer 
of Uie CRKT M1H IM Series, 
is a retired professional sol- 
dier, so he knows a lot about pro- 
lecling Ireedom lie says simply," I 
strive to follow form and fundion in 
the knives I design ;uid build." Thai 
eertaioly defines die M 16. 

M 1 6 Aluminum. We first intro- 
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1999, The three basic designs have 
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dius for comfort. AUS 8 stainless 
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M16 Zytcl. Kit next took the 
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M 1 6 Carbon Fibre. We've al- 
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cars because of func- 
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carbon fibre models. 
They have die same 
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A uthor 's note: There is an old Jimmy 
/I Buffet! song, "A Pirate Looks At 40, " 
-/ i about a man who believes he won Id 
have been a pirate if horn a few centuries 
ago. The same might be said of Boh Love- 
less, though the self-proclaimed introvert 
would probably be the first to disagree. 
Loveless was 7! this past Jan. 2 but it was in 
September 1999 that BLADE® — repre- 
sented by yours truly and Advertising 
Manager Steve McCowen — visited him, just 
a few months after he had turned 70. A 
gracious host. Loveless shared a couple of 
hours talking knives, knifemakers, knife 
magazines and anything else that his some- 
times caustic but usually forthright tongue 
felt tike tackling. Following are highlights 
from that interview: 

real strange bui there isn't a corrosion-resis- 
tant, high-speed lool steel made thai will 
hold a cutting edge better than a common 
piece of O-l. if it's handled right, it's just 
that O- 1 rusts quicker. 

You were using BG-42 in the "70s, 
weren't you? Yeah. Did you use it for a 
while and decide to go back to I54CIV1? 

1 used it for certain customers who I 
knew were working their knives really 
hard — ouldoorstnen, guides, outfitters, 
committed hunters, 1 had one customer who 
spent, typically, four-to-live mouths a year 
in Africa. In other words, he was a dedicated 
hunter. I'd made him some I54CM knives 
and I got on the B< i— 42. 1 think I made him a 



By Steve Shackleford 


From under 

the brim of his 

trademark painter's 

cap, Bob Loveless- 

seems amused at 

one of several 

questions in 

his Riverside. 

California, shop. 


How does it feel to be 70? 

No different than it felt 
when 1 was 69. I 
might get tired 
a little 

The "little worn-out 

hunter" from page 37 of the 

Logos of the Loveless Legend book 

"was the first time I've ever seen anybody 

tell the truth about what happens to a hunting 

knife over the years. " Loveless said. "Nowadays, 90 

percent of our customers don't even use their knives, " Note 

how the blade has been worn away by repeated sharpenings and 

constant use. 
(Weyer photo) 

more easily or just a "scooch" quicker but it 
doesn't feel any different, ready. If I'd 
known 1 was gonna last this long. I woulda 
taken better care of me. 

Will the new century result in any new 
Loveless knives, new materials and so 
forth, or will you simply stick with what 
has worked the last half-century? 

1 brought I54CM into knifemaking. a 
chrome-moly, corrosion-resistant, high- 
speed tool steel, in the 1970s. I brought 
ATS -34. the Japanese version (of 154CM), 
which is cleaner, maybe a little better, into 
knifemaking in 1 980. In the last (several 
years) I've started talking about BG-42 and 
I've gotten a couple of dealers to start selling 
it, so some (knifemakers) are using that. 
(BG-42 provides) possibly an 8-to-IO 
percent improvement in edge holding. It's a 
harder steel to grind. It's useless for the 
average customer really because, (bleep), 
some of our people can't sharpen these 
knives now. I'm looking at a couple of steels 
in Japan being made on an experimental 
basts. You can always design and produce a 
tool steel that will give you better edge hold- 
ing or more toughness or, to some degree, 
even more corrosion resistance. You can 
design and produce a tool steel thai will give 
you an advantage in any of these areas, but 
it's pretty hard to gel a sleel wilh a decided 
advantage in all of them put together. It's 

hunter and a semi-skinner and he took them 
on a hunt and. (bleep), he got on the phone 
to me about a month or six weeks later and 
said. "This new steel is greal " 1 said, "Do 
you think it's better than the 154?" and he 
said, yeah, by a small amount it was, but 1 
knew from looking at the chemistries that it 
would be. It's got an additional element in it. 
I 1/2 percent vanadium, that's both a grain 
refiner and a toughener in an alloy structure, 
and to some minor degree a carbide former. 
It has a properly of being a very happy thing 
to mix into a piece of tool steel. So 1 got a 
bunch of BG. I still got a lot of it but we 
don't suggest it for everybody. I've got 
customers who want coffee-table knives but 
they've heard about BG and they want a 
knife out of it and ) tell them no. you're not 
actively workin' the (bleep) knife so it's a 
waste of assets, it's a waste of your money. 
But that's the way I've always run my busi- 
ness. I don't let my customers tell me what 
to do, I tell them what I do. If they want to 
buy into it, line. iTthey don't, fine — go 
somewhere else. Buy one of Bill Moran's 
hunting knives, I don't care. 

What about the CPM steels? 

[ don't like powder metallurgy results, 1 
don't like the structure. I don't like the 
reduction in transverse-to-longitudinal 
strength. You have to understand that 
powder metallurgy is just used to make a 

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Wouldn't you like to take home just one of 
the knives — after it's finished, of course — on 
the pattern board behind Loveless? He said 
each one is spoken for, including a couple 
of orders that go alt the way back to 1978! 

billet, so what il really replaces is an electro- 
slat ie furnace or something like that. The end 
result is pretty much the same. From that 
point it's got to go to the re-heat oven, it's 
got to go through the rolling mills and 
get reduced down, and once it's 
through the rolling mills there's not a 
(bleep) lot of difference. The thing 
with powder metallurgy is they 
need a (bleep) lot of carbon to 
start out with because they 
lose so much. Americans 
are so used to new prod- 
ucts coming along all 
the time with 
supposed improve- 
ments but it's 
really just adver- 
tising verbiage. 

And you asked me if we've got any new 
designs. (Bleep), look at that pattern board. 
We do a little bit of everything for every- 
body now. 

What knifemaking processes do you 
still perform or participate in? 

All of them. We don't make any distinc- 
tion between Jimmy (Merrill) and I. I think 
Jimmy is a touch better at hlade grinding 
than I am nowadays. We don't make any 

Is it possible for the average knife 
buyer to get a knife from you? We don' I 
take orders. (We're) making them for dealers 
and a (bleep) of a lol of individuals. So all of 
these knives (on the pattern board) have 
customers? Every one of them. How long 
out are some of the orders? There's two 
knives on thai board that have been waiting 
since 1978. Now that's not my fault, it's (the 
two customers'). Many (of the orders) are 
from "94 or '95. 

Would there ever be a point where 
you would take an order again? 

Well, we have been at a point for years 

This is a 



knife as it was 

the first Loveless 

piece obtained by 

Al Williams — for 

$188— in 1973. It 

features the Loveless 

improved handle design 

and ivory Micarta® slabs. It 

was Williams ' collection, 

which was bought this past 

year by J. W. Denton, that was the 

impetus for the book, Logos of the 

Loveless Legend. (Weyer photo} 

where I could sell anything I put my name 
on, I can tell you one thing, there will be 
very little of this kind of (bleep) [pointing at 
the knives on the pattern board] done in the 
future. We're trying to clean all these double 
grinds out. The fighting knives and the Big 
Bears and Junior Bears and all that (bleep), 
that's going to be the end of that. 

Do you pick the handle materials or 
do your customers? 

They do lo some extent, otherwise I do. 
The whole idea is to get things extremely 

Years ago I did what I set out to do in 
terms of design, metallurgy and working 
techniques. Some people would say we were 
riding the crest of our success. Other people 
would say Loveless is lazy, doesn't bring out 
anything new and hasn't for years. Well, 1 
don't really care. I'm more an introvert than 
otherwise. My basic attitude is (bleep) 'em if 
they can't take a joke. This is what we do. If 
you want to get into it, fine, I'm here for 
vim [I'yihi wain a loi of show business and 
Madison Avenue advertising (bleep), go 
somewhere else. Knives, after all, are a 
rather (mundane) kind of thing. Of course, 
you can't say that in the magazines because 
you've got lo make (bleeping) heroes of us 
all. If you gel right down to the gut level: 
You know what an Xacto® knife is. They 
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"This was a lot more 

pure business 25 years 

ago than it is now." 

— Bob Loveless 

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Loveless said he and Jim Merritt were in 
the process of "cleaning out all these 
double grinds. The fighting knives and 
the Big Bears and Junior Bears and ail 
that, that's going to be the end of that. " 

blade goes in and oui, you dull it. 1 1 would 
be better lo just go buy tin Xacto knife. 

You ever seen Williams* green book 
{The Logos of the Loveless Legend, by A I 
Williams and Jim Weyer)? You know lhat 
one picture in there of (he lulle worn-mil 
Loveless semi-skinner (page 37)? That was 
the first time I've ever seen anybody it'll the 
truth about what happens lo a hunting knife 
over the years. Nowadays. 90 percent of our 
customers don't even use (heir (bleep) 
knives. This was a (bleep) lot more pure 
business 25 years ago than it is now, 

I had a telephone call yesterday from a 
little dude over in L.A, He got a drupped 
hunter with a long bolster and stag handle, 
and he warned to know what it was worth, I 
told him, well. I don'i know what it's worth, 
whatever you can get for it. whatever the 
guy that wanis to buy il will give you lor it. 
He said, well, about how much? And I said I 
don't know, about 13 or 1400 (dollars). 
Then 1 stopped and thought, (bleep), now. 
thai knife's 1500 oul of here, so it's proba- 
bly (worth more like) IK or 1900. 

So :i standard, stag, dropped hunter is 
SI, 500? 

No, not a standard. We do a handle 
name plate different than mosl people but, 
basically, (if you arc) lookin' for a knife that 
way, that's 975. Now. if we do it this way, 
with the long bolsters and the dyed stag 
handle with hidden fasteners and both nudes 
I Loveless irademarks), you have 975 for ihe 
blade, 1075 for Ihe trademark, 250 for the 
long bolsters, lhat puts it at 1375, 1425. and 
200 for the dyed stag and hidden fasteners, 
250, so we're up to almost 1 (>, 1 700 dollars, 
something (ike that. This is on what basi- 


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Belts hang on the far wall of Loveless's 
grinding room. At right is a special 
grinder he designed for CAL Knives. 

Loveless reaches into his personal knife 
drawer where he keeps not only a few of 
his favorites of his own designs, but 
some of his favorite knives by other 

tally is a semi-skinner. And I said, even in 
prim in my own catalog, the besi knife I can 
make Tor a customer is a knife with green 
canvas Micarta. Anything beyond that is a 
waste of money and il is, of course. Slag is 
so traditional and everybody loves il so 
much, but I can hardly sell it. It's real weird. 
In Italy I can't sell stag. In Japan. I can't sell 
Micarta. It's just what they want. 

Following arc some knife industry 
names. Give one word or a sentence or 
two thai comes to mind when you hear 
them. First, Rudy Ruana. 

I admired the daylights out of Rudy 
Ruana I never spoke to him and didn'i know 
much about him until quite a few years ago, 
but by (bleep) he was a good working man, 
and he made good knives and he made them 
cheaper than (bleep), and he's one of maybe 
three heroes of mine in the knife-making 

Who are the other two? Webster 
Marble and Harry Morseth. What would be 
your comments if we mentioned their 
names? Marbles' knives? Twice as expen- 
sive as anybody else's and Tour limes as 
good, lie used mostly closed-dye t'orgitigs, 
which is a (bleep) of a line way to shape a 
blade because you gel extreme grain refine- 
ment in the forging process. And they're just 
(bleep) good knives, I'm not sure I'm happy 
wilh all of the design work but in those days 

"In Italy I can't seii 

stag. In Japan, I can't 

sell Micarta. It's just 

what they want." 

—Bob Loveless 

nobody paid any attention to design. You 
could stick a blade in the end of a broom- 
slick and people would be happy with it. 
We've become much more design conscious 
in this country since then, but Marbles made 
line knives and be was an out doors man in 
timber country in Michigan and he knew ihc 
needs of {people who used knives). 

What about I larry Morseth? 

I thought his idea of using the Norwe- 
gian (blade) laminate was a (bleep) of a good 
idea. We've got a couple of the old Green 
Rivers somewhere and are actively looking 
for more, lie ground "em neat, he ground 
'em wet so il didn'i a Heel the heal treat, and 
that center core was a (bleep) of a good steel 
for holding an edge. They weren't big. thick, 
clumsy knives, they were very nice knives, 
almost delicate, but they did the job. They 
had nice handles and a good (selection) of 
handle options. The best sheath in the world 
was the Morseth Sale- Lock sheath. I've got 
one now. There's no knife sheath better for 

William ScageL 

He was a blacksmith, a very independent 
and somewhat anli-social man. He got into a 
beef with the power company so he hooked 
up (a generator) and generated his own elec- 
tric power. I le was a damn good ornamental 
iron worker. Seagcl was innovative. Ik- 
made all kinds of knives. He made hunting 
knives wilh a liltle folding blade that came 
oui of the bun end of the handle, which 
always seemed lo me kind of hard to use but, 

D.E. Henry. 

D.K. took the arl and the crall of dupli- 
cating the linglish version of the American 
bowie knife further than anybody, lie was 
very consistent about il. D-E. had a very 
harsh and abrasive kind of personality. He 
had no patience wilh most people but that 
was largely the effect of an automobile acci- 
dent. It was like his head had been broken 
open and (the resulting surgery was botched] 
but, anyway, his wife told me his personality 
changed radically after that. There loward 
Ihc end he let a couple of knives get mil thai 
were not as polished as they should have 
been, but they were always honest bowies. 
He bad a couple of lovely little hunting 
knives, though the guards were loo big. 

Rill JMoran. 

(Long pause.) A '60s and 70s version of 
Scagel. Another country blacksmith. 1 
remember the year iMoran) introduced die 
new datnascus at Kansas City (the H)73 
Kuifemakets' Guild Show), lie had a big 
sign (touting the datnascus) outside the door 
ai the show, A couple of hours later I walked 

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"I never intended to 

make knives for 

other people." 

— Bob Loveless 

up to hiii). I said, "Dill, when did you move 
in Syria?" 

There is nothing new and there was. at 
that time, nothing new about pattern- welded 
blades. Of course, there's the highly 
patterned blades. I think Daryl Meier came 
out with the repetition ol'lhc U.S. Hag in the 
si eel. which is quite a tribute considering 
what you have to do to gel that into the 
billet. I've got no quarrel with (Bill Moran). 
lie's a name, like Rock Hudson was a name, 
and (.'lark Ciable. and Jimmy Stewart were 

The last person we'd like you to say a 
few words about: Boh Loveless. 

A good knifemaker doing his best. He's 
satisfied to have the words R.W. Loveless. 
Knifemaker. on his grave stone. Nothing 
more. In the last 30 years I've had to learn 
how id control my (bleeping) ego and my 

More unfinished 
Loveless knives 
adorn a wall of 
the shop. Note 
the finished Big 
Bear at the upper 

pride. I'm intensely proud of what we've 
done but I'm very much aware (of what it 
means). It's meaningless in the larger term 
of things, I've put in one of my catalogs that 
the Loveless knife won't cure the common 
eold or patch up your troubles with your 
wife or anything else. In other words, they're 
just knives. As such they are as good as we 
can make 'cm. But I'm just a knifemaker. 1 
am a knifemaker who always felt that (knife- 
makers as a group) should spread the gospel 
oT getting bigger, getting stronger. I never 
wanted to be a big frog in a small pond. 1 
wanted to see this pond grow into a great big 
ocean, and 1 would have been perfectly 
happy to he just an ordinary — maybe a 

moderately good-si /ed frog in that body of 
water. I'm aware of how (bleep) lucky I am 
because my personality can't persuade these 
people to buy these knives. With all the 
financial (bleep) and profit motive connected 
with buying Loveless knives, still they're 
had to be a (bleep) of a lot of people that just 
Mat like 'em. that like the shapes and like the 
work. To that extent I'm lucky because I 
never intended Id make knives for other 
people. 1 knew back in Delaware thai if I 
was going to slay with this thing, and there 
was some question then, I had to do it the 
way I wanted to do it rather than having to 
satisfy a lot of other people, because that 
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small club of deer 
it toners. Some days we 
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and butcher when die 
hunt is over. A good 
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and the tweezers, and the longer trapper blades open boxes 
better. I even used the blade to retrieve an important document 
that slid between my car window and the dashboard!" 

—Lou Meribela, Mishawaka, Indiana 



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better to be safe than sorry. " 

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is John 
Michael Price 
knife as it 
today. It is 
the property 
of Lyle 

Hegsted, who 
allowed the 
author to 
examine the 
knife as well 
as Hegsted's 
research on 
(Fowler photo) 

Editor '$ note: In the 
first installment, the 

author reviewed the 
exploits of John 

Andrew Clinton and 
{'Union's use of a 
Michael Pike knife. 
In the final install- 
ment, the author 
assesses the knife 
from the standpoint of 
a maker and a user. 

The experiences 
shared heiween 
man and knife are 
long past. Only mi mile 
glimpses of their history 
are now available to us. Bui 
if we, as knife enthusiasts, 
listen carefully to what few 
memories are available, we 
can catch and enjoy a few 
moments of the events they 

What does the knife tef( us 
about the men in her life? Every 
now and then I meet a blade thai 
transcends the distance in time 
between her maker and me, and 
sometimes the men in her life. She is 
of such a complete nature that she 
yields thoughts from the spirit of the 
man who made her. as well as the man 
who shared time and tasks with her. Their 
skills are remarkable and easily read by 
elose examination of her physical attributes. 
Such knives stand out from the crowd. Their 
beauty is enhanced by the wide gap that sepa- 
rates diem from average pieces. John Andrew 
Clinton's Michael Price knife is one of those 
pieces and at present the most outstanding 
example of these thoughts. 

Price was a man of highly developed 
knowledge and skill when it came to making 
knives. He made both jewelry for men and 
extremely well-eoneeived, functional blades. 1 
have been privileged to know two working 


"What does the knife tell 

us about the men 

in her life?" 

— the author 

Knife talk 

By Ed Fowler 

ABS master smith 



part II 

John Andrew Clinton's Michael Price 
knife is a tribute to both the maker 

and her owner 

knives bearing his name. In my 
opinion, based on careful 
examination of this knife 
alone, it is obvious that Price 
was an absolute master in 
the design and execution 
of a highly functional 
piece. Every aspect of 
the blade geometry 
appears carefully 
planned and executed. 
There arc no frills; it 
is simply an absolute 
monument in func- 
tional art. I have 
never seen a better 

Clinton was obvi- 
ously a knowledgeable 
judge of functional quality in the tools he chose. 
His favorite big game rifle, a 50-1 10 Sharps. 
was die king of the hill in buffalo guns, and the 
knife he chose was also well suited to his needs. 
He wanted the best. He worked hard, saved his 
money and bought the best. The knife also 

clearly speaks to the fact that Clinton was in lull 
command of the knowledge and ahilm in 
nurture her, his trusted companion, in order thai 
she would be able to serve him to the best of her 
ability. 1 also have been privileged to examine 
the Coll revolver he carried for many years. It is 
yet more silent testimony to the skillful care he 
gave his tools. 

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The blade of the Price knife reads like a bixik. 

revealing Clinton's skill m keeping the edge 

Price was an absolute 

master in the design 

and execution of a 

highly functional 


— the author 

BLADE/ 23 

Knife Talk 

The maker's 

mark: M. PRICE 



Price is thought 

to have made 

knives from 


(Fowler photo) 

"Every aspect 

of the blade 

geometry appears 

carefully planned 

and executed." 

— the author 

sharp. There is no secondary angle ai ilic culling 
edge. With each stroke on the slonc. he main- 
tained an extremely fine edge flowing grace- 
fully to the spine. The striaiions lefi by his 
sharpening stone are in themselves a monument 
to his command of knife function. 

The present caretaker of this outstanding 
example of the an of the knife. Ly!c llegstcd. 
offered me the opportunity to sharpen and lesi 
the piece as I wished. At first I was intent on 
exploring Iter ability. As I carefully examined 
her qualities. I was awestruck by the story she 
told. Other than carefully dressing her edge, I 
did not feel qualified to contaminate her epic of 
the frontier. 

While modern men in the plastie-and-stain- 
less-steel generation worry and fret over the 
maintenance requirements of carbon steel. Clin- 
ton's Price knife screams from Ihe mountaintop 
to proclaim the pride and skill of Clinton in the 
care and maintenance of her carbon-steel blade. 
There are no rust pits on her- and this is a knife 

The striations on 

(he blade record 

Clinton's method 

of preserving the 

convex blade 

from the cutting 

edge to the spine. 

The striations 

vary by only two 

degrees from one 

side to the other. 

(Fowler photo) 


There are no frills; it 

is simply an absolute 

monument to 

functional art." 

— the author 

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"I have never seen a 
better knife! " 

— -the author 

The blade has a 

delicate waist 1 1/2 

centimeters from 

the ricasso in order 

to preserve balance 

and provide 

strength to the tip, 

(Fowler photo) 

"The blade reads like 

a book, revealing 

Clinton's skill 

in keeping the 

edge sharp." 

— the author 

that was used by and served her master wed on 
the frontier, miles and over I (Ml years distanl 
from today's sophisticated rusi preventives! I le 
simply used whai he had available — a pocket 
stone, fat from the animals he ale, and [he 
common sense of an explorer in lite frontiers of 
competence and adventure. No man could ask 
for more! 

The author thanks Larry Syversen 
for introducing him to Lyle 
Hegsted and the Price knife. 
Tin- author also is indebted 
to Hegsted for the many 

hows he devoted to the 
research of the history of 
John Andrew ( Union, 
am/ Hegsted 's will- 
ingness to share llie 
information with 

According to 

the author, a 

filed notch on 

top of the handle 

records a special 

incident. The killing 

of the black leopard 

mentioned in Part I of 

the story, perhaps? 

Note the tapered tang. 

(Fowler photo) 

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BLADE/ 25 

Al Barton 

The world of knives has 
lost some wonderful 
talents lately and. to 
many, good friends as well. It may 
seem a show of favoritism by 
BLADE®* to select one to single out for 
something more than a simple 
mention, hut 1 fee) sure that what 
follows can he applied to any 
of those in the knife commu- 
nity who have passed 
away in recent months. 

I came to know 
ABS master smith 
Al Barton of 
Bars tow, Califor- 
nia, kite in his 
life after a 
bout with 

his body, and 
we became fast 
friends. It was as if 
we had known each 
other a lifetime. I had 
decided to expand my stock- 
removal skills to include bladesmithing and 
A I was there to share. Share he did to one 
and all. He has taken many students under 
his wing and turned them from novices to 
prize-winning knifemakers. He could be a 
hard, gruff taskmaster but there was always 
love and compassion just below the surface. 
Many friends came to visit him and 
express their concern and love in those last 
days. Mere weeks before he succumbed, lie 
gave ABS cut-and-bend tests to six blade- 
smithing hopefuls. 1 did not think he was up 
to it until he had one of the applicants repeat 
a required task to his satisfaction. He 
welcomed us all with love and respect, even 

26 / BLADE 

If There's A 
Cut 'n Bend 
Heaven. . . 

Barstow bladebuster succumbs 
after a long illness; ABS 
scholarship established 

in his name 

By Bill Herndon 

through his 

pain and 

s o 111 e t i in e s 

addled stale, the 

latter brought on 

by the medication he 

had to take. 

He and I talked about 

many things during bis final 

days. In our private moments 

together be offered advice, 

answered questions and 

discussed his pending 

death. He was concerned 

ibout how he would be 

remembered, what his 

legacy would be, and 

he asked that 1 wrile a 

few words. A few 

words about a friend 

are never enough. 

He also told me 
he would be look- 
ing over my shoul- 
der after he was 
gone and that I had 
better pay atten- 
tion. Had he not 
shared his strength 
wilh me, 1 would not have been able to 
spend many of Ihose lasl days wilh him. 
Dying is hard work but he did it wilh grace. 

Al Barton s last great knife project was 
the ABS 2000 Master Smith Knife, which 
brought a price of $6,200 at the ABS 
Auction during the 2000 BLADE Show. 
The damascus blade is 15N20 and T095 in 
a six-bar random~tadder~pattern construc- 
tion. The handle is hippo ivory with all 
damascus fittings. Overall length: 15 1/2 
inches. The sheath is oak-tanned leather 
with goat-skin inlay. (Weyer photo) 

dignity and consideration for those around 
him. This is the way he lived his life. 

Not lo worry old friend, your legacy is 
the love for your family and friends, and the 
knowledge you left for others to pass on for 
many years to come. We shall remember 
and be thankful lor your life. 

The Barton Scholarship 

To further Al Barton's life's work, 
ABS master smith Dave Ellis is 
establishing a .scholarship in 
Barton's name to the Texarkana 
College/Bill Moran School of Blade- 

"Al was instrumental in teaching the 
art of bladesmithing and promoting the 
ABS, especially on the West Coast," 
Ellis said. "As a small way of honoring 
Al, I am setting up an endowment 
through the School of Bladesmithing. 
Each year a candidate will be selected 
and provided with a scholarship to attend 
one of the courses offered at the college, 
and this will all he in Al Barton's name." 
Donations can be sent to The Al 
Barton Endowment, c/o Texarkana 
College, attn: Frank Coleman, 25(H) 
North Robison Rd., Texarkana, TX 
75599. Cheeks should be made out to 
Texarkana College and the memo should 
say Al Barton Scholarship Endowment. 
For more information, contact Dave 
Ellis, 3505 Camino Del Rio S., #334, 
San Diego. CA 92108 (619) 285-1305. 
Or, if you would rather, make your dona- 
tions to the American Cancer Society. 


Factory Fetus 


holds the 
Machax. the 
result of a 
session in 
the back- 



By Steve Shackteford 

i of the most signifi* 
cant projects in Ethan 
Becker's life: the 15- 
Inch Machax, the flag- 
ship model of Becker 
Knife & Tool, and The 
Joy Of Cooking, the best- 
selling ookbook origi- 
nally written by 
Becker's grandmother, 
Mrs. Irma S. Rombauer. 
The Machax sports a 
long cutting edge that 
widens out Into a deep- 
beilied reverse curve, 
and a handle that drops 
dramatically to help 
generate the forwarc 
chopping powdH 
ent in the kukri design. 


When Irma S. Rombauer wrote the mother of all 
cookbooks. The Joy Of Cooking, in 1931, little did 
she know that it would become a multi-generational 
best seller, read by both women and men alike, and their chil- 
dren and their children's children. Fifteen million copies later, 
the book continues to sell like hot cakes, 

Mrs. Rombauer's daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker, 
was instrumental in helping write and publish revisions of (he 
book, constantly adding new recipes and cooking informa- 
tion. Then came a grandson, t-lhan Becker, who also partici- 
pated in the runaway success of the book, as well as make a 
name for himself in a number of different regimens includ- 
ng mountain climbing, li rearms and wilderness survival 
training and, last but not least, the knife business. 

All of Ethan's occupational pursuits seem to have one 
thing in common "The Joy Of Cutting." Hence, it probably 
should come as no revelation that he would one day start his 
own knife company, Becker Knife & Tool, though actually 
his love of knives goes back much further. 

BLADE/ 27 

Factory Focus 

"Pretty much 

everything I've done in 

the 'metal-mangling 

business' has been 

learned the hard way." 

— Ethan Becker 

Chips fly as Ethan buries the 9 1/2-inch 
blade of the Machax into a small tree at 
Fennell's post-BLAOE-Show blow-out. 

"From the age of 12, every knife I gal I 
tried to modify to make il heller Most of the 
time I made il worse." he laughed. "I used 
files, sandpaper, anything I eould get my 
milts on. When I boughi my firsi Molo 
TtsoKfc, watch out! I ruined a loi of good 
knives. Pretty much everything I've done in 
the 'metal-mangling business' has been 
learned the hard way." 

"The Machax is a short 

machete, a draw knife 

and a hatchet." 

— Ethan Becker 

Growing up in a large fanning commu- 
nity. Becker had plenty of room to roam and 
he loved building things, using machetes 
and other large blades 10 make forts and 
shelters. "And I'm still into dial stuff," he 
explained. "I have eight acres I try to keep 
up. I'm an outdoorsnuui, a primitive camper. 
I guess you'd call me a high-impact camper 
because I like to go out and builci things." 

In 1963, an 18-year-old Ethan worked 
on his first edition of The Joy Of Cooking. 
learning the family business from ihc copy 
room up. "I ran ihc copying machine and the 
copy room was upstairs outside my 
bedroom," he recalled. Later, he would 
attend the Cordon Bleu cooking school, the 
world's oldesi school of its kind and, at the 
lime he attended it, ihc best. He would 
return to test his newfound cooking knowl- 
edge in Joy. using kitchen knives to help 
prepare ihc fund and writing recipes of his 
own for the book. 

In the early 1970s, Becker turned to the 
mountain climbing business, in which he ran 
Colorado Mountain Industries, now CM1 
( orp. It was around then thai Ethan read 
about custom-made kukris in Gun World 
magazine, When he learned how much ihc 
maker wanted for the kukris S4(K) each- 
he decided lo design and make Ins own, 
though thai did not come until Ihe 1980s. 

28 /BLADE 


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Ethan prepares breakfast for a horde of 
knife nuts attending the post-BLADE- 
Show blow-out at Wallace Fennelt's South 
Carolina hunting preserve this past 
summer. As Becker notes: "My camping 
trips are nothing more than an outdoor 
bar and grill with an attached shooting 
range and hatchet-and-knife-throwing 
area. " 

"I'm very slow.'' Becker grinned, "so it 
took awhile before the kukri gestated." 

Becker's love of the outdoors and his 
i merest in firearms led him to join the Tacti- 
cal Training Center of Cincinnati, Ohio, 
where he taught firearms and wilderness 
survival training, including rappelling, 
which Ethan knew about from his mountain 
climbing background. "We did a lot of 
training for a lot of different organizations, 
as well as civilians." lie related. "The 
philosophy (behind ihe latter] was [hat it 
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be nice if they knew how to use them, I 
taught that as well as wilderness survival 
training," in which Ethan was able to 
instruct his students in the use of survival 

The groundwork was set. Becker had 
much of the equipment to make the kukri he 
had always wanted to build — the steel and 
grinders from his mountain climbing busi- 
ness, plus a heat-treating operation across 
the street — so he set about creating proto- 
types. For blade material, he used the high- 
carbon 41 40 steel from which his company 
made piton hammers — the hammers used to 

30 /BLADE 

"If you have to go to a 
soft handle material to 

make the handle 

perform, you probably 

have the wrong 

handle design." 

— Ethan Becker 


pound the pilous, ihc metal spikes mountain 
climbers use to anchor their climbing ropes, 
into the sheer rock walls of mountain faces. 
"I knew the steel would work tor knives 
because wc could get the pitons pretty 
sharp," Ethan said. "It turned out to be a 
pretty good cutlery steel." The result was 
the Machax (pronounced ma SHAX). a 
piece with a long cutting edge that widens 
out into a deep-bellied reverse curve, and a 
handle that drops dramatically to help 
generate the forward chopping power inher- 
ent in the kukri design. Becker Knife & 
Tool (BK&T) was born. 

"Wilderness and survival training is 
something I've thought about and studied a 
lot. That's where the Machax came from," 
Becker observed. "It is specifically 
designed as a wilderness survival tool you 
can do anything with and not worry about 
it. If you really think about it, the Machax is 
a small safety hatchet, except it has no big 
bulge away from the cutting edge that can 
miss stuff and hit you when you (swing) it. 
It's a short machete, a draw knife and a 

Along the way, Becker met knifemaker 
Larry Hurley, now an ABS journeyman 
smith, who gave Ethan his first grinding 
lesson. In the late 1980s, Blackjack bought 
a license to make the BK&T line. In 1990. 
under the Blackjack label, BK.&T offered 
the Tact u I II (now the TacTool). It was 
inspired by Ethan's work with the Hamilton 
County SWAT Team of Cincinnati, Ohio. 
"The team wanted a sharp pry bar they 
could beat on things with," Becker said. 
The result was The Blade Magazine 1990 
Most Innovative American Design®. 

Leap forward in time. Becker regained 
the rights to BK&T from Blackjack and is 
looking for a new company to make his 
hearty outdoor tools. At the 1 998 BLADE 
Show he runs into an old friend, Wallace 
Fennell of Camillas. One thing leads to 
another and Ethan talks with Camillus offi- 
cials about producing the BK&T line. 
Camillus and Becker eventually reach a 
working agreement and the rest is history. 

Camillus makes five BK&T models: the 
Machax, TacTool. Campanion, Brute and 
the Magnum Camp, the latter designed by 
ABS master smith Jerry Fisk. Of the 
Magnum Camp, Ethan gushed, "That knife 
is quick, all about quick. I'd feel very 
comfortable going into the woods with that 
knife as the only thing I had." 

Each BK&T piece employs Camillus' 
0I70-6C high-carbon steel for blades and 
the high-impact GV6H synthetic for 
handles. "The 0170-6C has better edge- 
in ' I ii in;; characteristics, is mechanically 
strong and a more aggressive cutting steel," 
Ethan assesses. As for Camillus* approuch 
to heat treating — one of Becker's pet 
peeves — listen to Ethan: "When the boys at 
Camillus heat treat, they get the most out of 
the steel. It cuts like a screaming witch." 

As for the handles, another pet peeve of 
Mrs. Rombauer's grandson, the hard GV6H 
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Factory Focus 


Winner of The Blade Magazine 1990 Most 
Innovative American Design Award®, the 
BK&T TacTool came about after 
members of the Hamilton County SWAT 
Team asked Ethan for "a sharp pry bar 
they could beat on things with. " Overall 
length: 12 1/2 inches. 

design. "The handle itself incorporates 
everything I've been able to figure out from 
modifying knives as a kid. A lot of handles 
I take one look at and say, 'That's a fashion 
statement," as opposed to, 'That's a handle." 

"It cuts like a 
screaming witch." 

— Ethan Becker 

"Handles have to be graceful but they 
have to fit and be comfortable if you work a 
long lime with wet hands. The GV6H 
handles are for wet hands— they're hard but 
the shape of the handle is comfortable and 
makes it easy to retain in the hand. If you 
have to go to a soft handle material to make 
the handle perform, you probably have the 
wrong handle design." 

At 55, Becker seems to have achieved 
an inner peace of sorts in his knife career. 
He seems extremely satisfied with his 
arrangement with Camillus, right down to 
the new ambidextrous Kydex® sheaths that 
replaced the old ones. "The sheaths are 
really spiffy. And the Camillus knives are 
just better. The fit and finish are better. 
Everything is so much better than it used to 
be," he paused. "And one of the great 
advantages of working with Camillus is that 
the new prices of the Maehax for 2000 are 
the same as they were when it first came out 
in the mid-' 80s. I love that fact because it's 
a Becker family tradition to give good value 
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32 / BLADE 



Antique Bowies 

Ladd (right) as James Bowl 
ires the knife "made" for Box 
James Black as portrayed by the a 
left in the 1952 film The Iron Mistrc 
Note that the knife is not guordtess t 
though you cannot see the pommel, 
'"ier is it of the coffin yarlaty—nr* 
supposed to be either, (photo 
tesyJM. Edmon-— 



e These Kn 


L iii 

whether Black! 

guardless, coffi 
bowie style 

By J.R. Edmondson 

fginated the 


£ ^rpin: first Bowie-knife was made by 
myself." Rezin P. Bowie claimed in 
1 838, only two years after his more 
famous brother, James Bowie, had perished in 
the heroic defense of the Alamo. Rczin referred 
to the knife that James used in The Sandbar 
Fight — the incident that established the initial 
Tame of Bowie and his namesake blade. 
However, John J. Bowie, the oldest of the 
Bowie brothers, and ( 'aiaphas Ham, a close 
family friend, both credited a blacksmith 
named Lovell Snowdcn with making the Sand- 
bar Knife. And even Rezin's grandchildren 
disputed their grandfather's claim, asserting 
that another smith. Jesse C'lifft, actually fabri- 
cated the hunting knife. 

Interestingly, Rezin's [838 account 
disputed a previously published newspaper 
article attributed to an author identified as 
"P.Q," According to P.Q., Rezin commis- 
sioned the first bowie knife to be made by an 
unidentified blacksmith he encountered in the 
"wilds of Arkansas." 


Despite Rezin's rebuttal and an obvious 
muddling of facts, the P.Q. account should not 
be totally dismissed. It also referred to a 
"cunning artisan" in Philadelphia who repli- 
cated that first bowie knife a possible refer- 
ence to Henry Schively of Philadelphia, who 
definitely made a knife for Rezin. Therefore. 
P.Q.'s Arkansas blacksmith may have been the 
earliest historical allusion to James Black. 

Bom circa 1 800, Black had served as a 
silverplater's apprentice — eomcidenlally, also 
in Philadelphia — before he migrated west and 
established a blacksmith shop at Washington in 
the southwest comer of Arkansas, 

On Dec. 8, 1 84 1, the Washington Tele- 
graph of Washington, Arkansas, published an 
editorial lamenting the violent use of bowie 
knives. F.ditor James P. Jetl officially intro- 
duced the James Black legend into the histori- 
cal record with the following paragraph; 

The first knife of the kind was made in this 
place, by Mr. James H. Black, for a man 

named James Bowie, who was killed at 
the Alamo in Texas, and hence it is some- 
times called the Black knife, sometimes 
the Bowie knife. . . 

Black was no longer hammering at his 
forge when that editorial appeared. Blind and 

"The first knife of the 

kind was made in this 

place, by Mr. James H. 

Black, for a man 
named James Bowie." 

— James P. Jett, 

Washington Telegraph, 


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The story of James Black and the origin of the bowie knife received additional impetus 
with the 1951 publication of Paul I, Wellman's novel, The Iron Mistress, which became a 
Warner Bros, motion picture starring Alan Ladd. Here is a scene from the movie with the 
actor who portrayed Black hammering hot steel, (photo courtesy J.R. Edmondson) 

"Where are the knives 

which, according to 

Governor Jones, 

poured in such volume 

from Black's shop?" 

— Ben Palmer 

destitute, he had been taken in by the Buzzard 
brothers, John and Jacob, or Lafayette (now 
Miller) County. Jacob Buzzard, the first judge 
of Lafayette County, died in 1 842. Shortly 
thereafter. Dr. Isaac Jones of Washington . 
Arkansas, became Black's caretaker. Jones" 
son, Daniel, bom Dec. 15, 1 839, grew up with 
Black living in his household. A neighboring 
youth, Augustus H. Garland, recalled that 
"Uncle Jimmy" Black enjoyed visits from the 
town children and judged their debaling 

After the death of his parents, Daniel 

Jones, then in his late 20s, assumed responsi- 
bility for Black. Black died June 22. 1872, and 
his death notice in the Washington Telegraph 
again credited him with authorship of the origi- 
nal bowie knife. "It was here in this town that 
the first bowie was manufactured." the obitu- 
ary read, "and here Mr. Black died, without 
imparting the secret of its unequalled temper." 

Fay Hempstead, in his Pictorial History of 
irkansas ( 1 890), claimed that Black had made 
a knife for James Bowie based on a pattern 
Bowie had cut from stiff paper. "The pattern of 
the blade was peculiar, and all similar knives 
came to be called Bowie-knives," I lempstead 
wrote. "In the course of time almost all large 
knives came to be so called without their really 
being anything like the original from which 
they were named." 

However, in Early Days in Arkansas 
( 1 895), Judge W.F. Pope maintained that it 
was Rczin Bowie — not James — who 
approached Black with a pattern for a hunting 
knife "whittled out of the top of a cigar box." 
Black reportedly made the knife, ornamenting 
the hilt with elaborate silver designs. Pope 
wrote: "I do not hesitate to make the statement 

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"Not a single knife 

attributable to James 

Black has been 


-William R. Williamson 

that iiu genuine Bowie knives have ever been 
made ouisidc the State of Arkansas, for when 
Black dial, his secret ol' tempering ihc steel, 
which was the main point of excellence of the 
Bowie knife died with him." 

Thai same year, Augustus Garland wrote a 
kiK 'i in Judge Pope in which tiarliiud agreed 
that Black had made a knife for R.vin 
Bow ie but only afiei he had made a knife for 
i es Bowie. I larland continued: 

. . and then everybody else wanted one 
Jor one purpose and another and some for 
show. etc. It got so popular that Black 
could not begin to fill all the orders, and for 
a time he made nothing else but these 
knives on orders. 

(iarland had made his first '"formal 
speech" during one of the youthful debate 
contests judged by "'Uncle Jimmy." It proved 
to be good training, lie served as governor of 
Arkansas from 1X74 to 1877, at which lime he 
entered the U.S. Senate. In 1885. Garland 
became the U.S. attorney general under Presi- 
ded! Grover l. lowland ( larland claimed lo 
have one oflhe knives made by Black, and on 
one occasion he displayed ii io Mr. C Heveland, 
"I lie President looked as if he would jump out 
of the window |ust at his back." Garland 
recalled. "Nothing was discussed ai thai meet- 
ing bui that knife, its history, etc." 

However, Garland's childhood friend, 
Daniel Jones, provided the longest, most 
detailed and must popular version of the 
Black story. Jones had been only 4 years old 
when Black, abeady blind and impoverished. 
had moved into his house Therefore, Jones' 
early history of Black significantly, the 
knifemaking years was based on stories 
Junes had heard rather than whai he had actu- 
ally witnessed. Like Garland, Jones was 
e lee led governor of Arkansas, serving two 
terms beginning in I8'>7. He composed his 
account in I'JO.l during his second term as 
gO\ ernor. Black had been dead for two 
decades, ample lime lo permit Jones some 
historical errors and dramatic embellishment. 

As Jones related the story. Black devel- 
oped a formidable reputation as a knifernaker, 
in part because of his secret method of temper- 
ing steel, and in part lieeause the skills he had 
learned as a silverplaler allowed him to orna- 
ment his knives "either with silver or gold. .. 
which gave them an additional charm 
According to Jones, James Bowie visited 
Black's forge sometime in the early 1830s. 
Jones said Bowie submitted a pattern ihat 
Black replicated, hut the smith then made a 
second knife "which suited his own taste in 
point of shape." Reportedly, Black then 

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— the author 

offered Bowie either knife, and Bowie 
promptly selected Black's design. 

The Iron Mistress 

The story of James Black and the origin of the 
bowie knife received additional impetus with 
the l ( J5l publication of Paul 1. Wellman's 

novel. The /run lli\tres\, uhich became a 
Warner Bros, motion picture starring Alan 
Ladd the following year. Well man added his 
own romantic embellishment, having Black 
forge a meteorite into the blade and then 
exclaiming to Bowie, "For better or for worse, 
iliis knife of yours has a bit of heaven in it or 
a bit nl "hell." 

About thai same time, perhaps in reaction 
to The Iron Mistress, Hen Palmer, one of the 
lirsl slgnilieanl bowie knife collectors, became 
the first lo challenge 1 the James Black story. In 
his article. "The Legend of .lame- I (lack" {The 
American Arms Collector, July I 'J??) Palme) 

Where are the knives which, according to 
Governor Jones, poured in such volume 
from (Black's) shop? Could these beautiful 
weapons, gleaming with the inlay of 
precious metals, have escaped us all 
these years? Would a silversmith-cutler, 
proud of his skills and jealous of his fame, 
have failed to mark at least a few of his 

'"Thai is a key question in view of the fact 
that not a single knife attributable to James 
Black has been discovered." stated Bowie 
historian William R. Williamson in his article. 
'The James Black Legend" (published in two 
pans in American Blade Magazine, Dccembci 
l u 77 and February L)7H). A number of obvi- 
ously counterfeit Black knives had material- 
ized, Williamson noted, but be doubted that an 
original would surface "al this laic date: if one 
were to appear ii would need iron-clad docu- 

In the final installment next issue, the author 
completes hit investigation of whether James 
lilaek was the milker behind the guardless, 
coffin-pommel bowie, including the knife of 
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fady €utd "Pat *%lcd£e>i 

"This is a son-father business instead of a father-son business," 
Sue Midler begins. "Jody started making knives at age 12 and then 
got his father, Pat, involved. Jody is a jeweler and watchmaker by 
trade with training in hand engraving, which he practices on 
knives, lie is also responsible for the carving and lilewnrk. Pal 
does most of the blade grinding and handle construction. Both 
father and son forge steel on a handmade forge." Handle materials 

vary from traditional and 
exotic woods to stag and ivory. 
All knives are damascus. such 
as the stag-handle bowie (left) 
with a forged copper and silver 
guard. The makers" list price; 
$660. Their address: Dept. 
BLI. POB 35, Pittsburgh, MO 

'Keviet 2Vd&€*t4, 

"The kniTe is one of mankind's 
oldest, simplest and most basic 
tools— a machine for cutting," Kevin 
Wilkins reasons. "! make functional 
working knives thai hold a keen 
cutting edge as long as possible and 
lit the hand well. The design of each 
knife should facilitate its use." In 
addition to function, Wilkins believes 
knives should be beautiful objects, elegant in form and 
exhibiting both integrity and complexity of the materi- 
als from which they are made. "My goal is a knife 
which asks to be picked up and is put down with reluc- 
tance," he says. "Although there arc many knifemakers 
whose efforts justifiably end up in museums. I would 
rather see the knives I make in a backpack or on some- 
one's belt." The fixed blade (right) sports a satin- 
finished D-2 blade and a bog oak handle. His list price: 
$210. His address: Dept. BLI. Kurfurstcndamm 105. 
D-1071 1, Berlin (+49) 30-892-2506. (Kienzle photo) 

A New York City police 

officer and an avid 

outdoorsman, Jeff Isgro 

knows the importance of 

knives as they have 

become a daily part of 

his existence "I've had 

an interest in knives 

since childhood," Isgro. 

who attended his firs! 

knife show in 1996. 

says. An artist all his 

life, he found a new 

medium in crafting knives. A self-taught maker It 

books purchased at shows. Isgro has been building 

knives for three years. He currently works with 440C and ATS-34 blade steels, 

with handle preferences ranging from exotic hardwoods to horn and synthetics. 

The tactical fixed blade (above) features a bead-blasted 440C blade and a green 

and blaek-linen-Mi carta n handle His list price for a similar piece: S225. His 

address: Dept. BLI, 1516 I si St., West Babylon, NY 1 1704(631} 587-7516, 

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"1 hegan sketching and designing 
knives when I was in rny laie teens 
and still living in Sweden, where I 
grew up," Anders Hogstrom 
relates, "i had a Swedish knife* 
makei fash ion knis l's Irom some 
of those designs, but I wasn't able 
lo atTord more than one a year, so 
that left me somewhat dissatis- 
fied." Hogstrom felt the urge to 
make his own knives and acted on 
thai urge a few years ago. He 
makes daggers, fighters and short 
knives with a Nordic flavor and 
uses ivories and exotic hardwoods 
for handles. The desk knife (right) 
incorporates a 4 1/2-inch ATS-34 
blade and a spaltcd-cocobolo 
handle and display case. The 
fitting is gold with a nickel-silver 
spacer. His list price: $875. His address: 
Dept. BLI, 2130 Valerga Dr.. UX. 
Belmont. CA 94002 (650) 592-2989. 
( Rexroal photo) 

"My desire to make knives began in 1 949 and has continued through the 
years. It was reaffirmed with my first copy of BLADE Magazine® in 
1979." Dave Dyer recalls. "With each knife, that desire gets stronger. 
I've been forced to put knife ma king off several limes ihe last few years 
due to serious bouts with cancer. Thanks to the grace of God, 1 can still 

work and forge my knives." Dyer forges 5160, 52100 

and 1084 blade steels, and practices the slock removal 

method on D-2, ATS-34, 440C and L-5. He uses wood, 

horn, stag and bone handles. The three fixed blades 

(below) are variations of those 

materials with brass and copper 

finings. His list prices are SI20- 

S 1, 2(K). depending on materials. 

His address: Dept. BLI. 4531 

H timers Glen, Granbury, TX 


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When Cliff Parker me! knifernaker Hank Knickmeyer and 
bought one of his knives in 1996. he says he "had ihe bug bad." 
Before the year was out. Parker had accumulated ihe equipment 
necessary to build a knife. In 1998, he attended Jim Batson\s 
knifemaking symposium and says it was the best move he ever 
made. "Most of that weekend 1 spent with Hank and Don Fogg, 
and I lefl completely confused, but I knew which direction I 
wanted to go with knifemaking." he notes. "By year's end, I was making my own 
damascus." Parker belongs to the American Bladesmiih Society and the Florida Knife- 
makers Association, The Model II folder (above) dons a 2 3/4-inch damascus blade, a 
mother-of-pearl handle and a damascus bolster. Parker's list price: S950, His address: 
Dept. BLI. 6350 Tulip Dr.. Zephyrhills. FL 33544 (813) 973-1682. (Ward pholo) 


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■ By MSG Kim Breed 
5th Special Forces (ret) 

The Wabasa Cannonball 

Bison Blades 9 humpback Stellite skinner makes the author's 
serious utility/hunter list 

What started as a hobby in I W for 
A la stair Jones has progressed 
into a company. Bison Blades, 
that uses exotic blade material with a hi-tech 
look. What is great is that Jones has not 
Forgotten what a knife is made for— 
culling a tad that is ivllcctcd m Bison's 
Wabasa Palm Skinner. 

Always looking for a way to improve his 
knife lineup, it was a natural process for 
Jones to do a lew pieces in an exotic mater- 
tat. With the greal hunting and fishing avail- 
able in northern Alberta. Canada, Bison has 
an unlimited testing ground lor knives. 
While most of the company's customers are 
what might be termed "average blade 
users." there are some who are downright 
hard on their knives. You know die type — 
just use it and slow it until the next excur- 
sion. Such lack of maintenance will destroy 
carbon blades and eventually do die same to 
stainless steels Uimhi officials warned lo 
have a knife lhal would hold up lo such 
treatment, and the Wabasa was ihc result. 
Whai blade material to use provided the 
challenge, which is where Stellite «■ comes 

into play. 

As far as can be determined. Stellite will 
withstand all types of corrosion and will 
hold a working edge for what seems 
forever. This is accomplished by 
having carbide crystals 
suspended in cobalt. As the 

old crystals arc pulled 
out or broken, new 
ones are there 
waiting to 

be exposed. 
Sharpening remov cs 
the coball and exposes the new crystals. The 
resulting edge has a micro-scrraliou effect 
lhal cuts with abandon. The fine, hair- 
popping edge lasts a little while bul after 
lhal the working edge jits t keeps on cutting. 

Hogged On 

In skinniii! 

If the author had his druthers, he would have Bison Blades cut 
a notch where his index finger is at the base of the cutting 
edge {shown here) to allow the user to choke up on the blade 
during skinning operations. 

several squirrels with the 
Wabasa, 1 really enjoyed 
the knife's compact feel. 
I The humpbacked blade 
jfk style promotes finger-tip 
control, so I experienced 
no misplaced cuts. The 
Stellite really gets 
aggressive when ii comes 
to culling meal. 

A farmer lei me help 
him butcher a 200-pound 
hog. The little 3-inch 
blade quickly finished 
ihc task with gusto. 1 like 
the wav the humpback 
blade skins. The farmer 
used die Wabasa to dress 
ou I I he nexi animal. He 
could not believe that I 
did not have to dress up 
Ihc edge. All he could 
say was, "That's a 
mighty fine cuitin' 
piece." 1 1 look me a 

Half-Inch sisal rope lasted 35 single 
passes before the skinner slowed down. 
This is where the Stellite® came on — 75 
double cuts and it was willing to do more, 
but the author's arm gave out. 

while to get (he blade back from him 
because, in the country, possession is nine- 
tenths of the law. We still parted friends but 
he had lo go back to steeling his butcher 

Next. 1 went on to the rope test. Half- 
inch sisal rope lasted 35 single passes before 
the skinner slowed down. This is where the 

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The manufacturer's suggested retail 
price For the Camitlus Talon reviewed 
in "Spec Sheet" last issue should have 
been Hated as S340 instead of $170. 

Stellite performed. 1 made 75 double cuts 
and it was willing to do more but my arm 
gave out. 

1 flexed the edge on a brass rod and 
barely got a dimple, which is because mass 
is needed on the edge to hold the carbide 
crystals. The finer the edge the more of a 
chance for it to go dull quicker and stay that 
way. You can still get hair-popping sharp- 
ness; it will just be at g greater angle. 

Bison Blades has put together a total, 
durable package. Black linen Miearta* 
slabs arc nicely contoured to lit snug in 
vow palm. No sharp edges here. The bead- 
b lasted finish gives the knife an overall 
satin look. A full tang and stainless steel 
bolts round out the heavy-duty performer. 
And do not forget the pouch sheath. It is 
made from Kydcx* 1 and covers all but I 
inch of the handle. A lanyard aids in the 
withdrawal process. Do not be fooled by the 
Wabasa's tactical look— this is one serious 
little hunting utility knife. 

Blade Grade 

Of all the exotic materials available. Stellite 
is becoming one of the most widely used, 
lis cutting ability places it in the lop 5 

percent of blade substances. This is one 
knife thai will last for generations. 


Because of the small, palm-sized handle, 1 
would like to see Bison add a linger notch 
to allow the user to choke up on the blade 
during skinning operations. 

For more information com act Bison Blades, 
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Blade Length 3 1/4" 

Overall Length 7" 

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i'.merson's knives will literally go to sea 
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"It would take a lot 

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these knives." 

— Ernest Emerson 

The NASA knife may be familiar to 
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edge of the lamo-shapcd blade. "The addi- 
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other sealed items, as well as for emergency 
situations that require slitting open clothing 
or gear," Emerson notes. 

Integral to its tanto blade shape, the 
SPECWAR has a front edge on the chisel- 
ground tip and a back edge along the length 
of the blade. In the ease of the NASA knife, 
the front edge was sacrificed for the hook, 
leaving only a slight edge and the pointed 
up in place. Ii\ poking the tip into wetmnv 
sealed packages, the plastic is slit open by 
pulling the sharpened hook through the 
pouch. Emerson estimates I he thickness of 
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"In space, all food stuffs are vacuum 
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the astronauts were actually using scissors 
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efficient for a wide range of cutting chores." 

Because the NASA knife is being built 

The NASA knife is designed by Ernest 
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(Search And Rescue Knife) include a 
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blade, a G- 10 handle and 6AL4V titanium 
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specifically for use bj astronauts in ihe 
NASA space station program, each of the 
official flight knives is stamped with ;i white 
NASA logo, starkly contrasting the "Black 
T" coating of the 154CV! blade. f-.incrst>ti is 
prohibited from putting thai logo on any 
other knives for purchase, so only official 
NASA flight knives have the bgo. Other than 
the logo, the NASA knnes available to the 
public will he of the same design. 

"We were contacted in the winter of 
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that eon kl be issued to astronauts in the 
space station program," Emerson relates. 

"The curved blade 

allows rescuers to 

snake it around 

webbing and gear." 

— Ernest Emerson 

"\ \SA needed something substantial, and 
they knew the reputation our knives have 
for strength and longevity. Working to a sel 
of parameters defined by astronauts and 
engineers at NASA, several designs were 
considered and built. A Tier a lengthy debate, 
a unanimous decision was reached the 
Speewar fit all the requirements for size, 
weight, materials, strength and ergonom- 

Testing of the NASA knife was more 
grueling than the design process, including 
NASA's rigorous constructive burn tests 
and certified flight lesting at the White 
Sands proving grounds in New Mexico. 

"We've had huge public interest in ihe 
NASA knife. Ciuys are requesting them and 
waul to bu\ idem." f-.mcrson enthuses. "The 
Speewar is one of my best knife designs, 
and NASA's interest reinforced that fad." 

Cutty SARK? 

Even ihe most tragic incidents teach lessons, 
anil that is the case with a naval air crash 
over water, which took the lives of several 
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to extricate crewmen from the sinking 
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"We were contacted by the Navy to 
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My wife. Mary, suggesied taking Ihe 
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lo accept the new blade shape. It's a great 
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"The curved blade allows rescuers to 
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they have lo reach under a guy's collar lo 
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gather the material and pull it toward the 
arched edge." Emerson says. "You can get a 
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working close lo a person's skin. 

"Guys using the SARK knives in the 
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blades. We didn't want them lo break, so 
they are thick right to the lips. It would lake 
a lol of horsing (wrenching) to break them." 

"We were contacted by 

the Navy to provide an 

emergency rescue 

knife, something 

that worked. 11 
— Ernest Emerson 

Due to the safety features. Emerson says 
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perfectly suited for while water rafting, 
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as rappelling and rock climbing. 

In retrospect, the government contracts 
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"The Navy didn't want to commit lo, 
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■ By Wayne Goddard 
BLADE® field editor 

How to Make a Handle 
for a Friction Folder 

l: Your series, "Making A Friction 
Folder," that began in tlie September 
199« BLADE® inspired me to make such 
a piece. I really enjoyed the whole thing, 
including the working model 1 made from 
sheet aluminum. Thank you lor writing 
Ihe series. I have a couple of questions for 

The slotting process was not 
explained. I started out with a hacksaw 
and sawed lengthwise at first and then 
shifted to cutting across, I finally ended 
up putting the saw in a vise upside down 
and moving the prong hack and forth to 
finish it. There must be a better way! Any 
ideas'.' Also, how do you pein on an angle 
near the edge of the rounded surface of 
an antler tip? (Ned Potter, Vero Beach, 

There are two ways lo m;ike the handle of a 
friction folder, the antler i>r other handle 
material can he completely split or slotted 
part way through* When the antler is split all 
the way, it needs a spacer. I do not recall 
ever seeing an old friction folder that had a 
full- length spacer. However, 1 have seen 
one or two that had a short tapered spacer 
which did not go all the way to the end. I 
once owned a primitive spring-back folder 
thai hat! this type of short, tapered spring. 1 

have seen other friction folders, hoth wood 
and horn, that were split and then riveted 
back together without a spacer. This forms a 
tapered slot up to u here the blade roiates, 

I did not give any details on slotting in 
the magazine series because I usually do not 
do it thai way. I mark the cut with a pencil 
line and use a handsaw to split the antler tip. 
I cut in approximately halfway, then reverse 
the handle and finish the cul. Saws that arc 
set up for wood usually work belter than a 
hacksaw, but Mr. Potter did just fine for the 
type of saw he used. 1 am set up with power 
hacksaws and abrasive cut-off machines, so 
it lakes less time to make the spacer than it 
docs to slot the antler. The spacer allows me 
surface to do file work on and also to forge a 
thong holder on the end. 

Slotting creates some unusual chal- 
lenges, the first of which is how Lo hold an 
irregular-shaped antler 
crown or tine. The second 
challenge is getting the 
pivot hole at a 90-degree 
angle to the slot. (The drill 
jig mentioned below 
solves that problem.) The 
final challenge is cleaning 
up the slot once it is 
sawed or milled to shape. 

The crown antlers I 

use for folders arc usually the only ones 1 
slot. I do it that way to preserve the beauty 
of the crown. I have slotted antlers with a 
small milling machine. It is a shaky setup 
because il is difficult to hold the rounded 
antler section secure. I have worked out a 
jig to hold ihe antler for slotting with either 
a handsaw or abrasive cut-off wheel on a 
bench grirulei I sometimes use a fiberglass- 
reinforced masonry wheel for slotting antler 
parts. It is a stinky and dusty operation but 
works very well. I cul ihe slot undersi/.e 
with the handsaw so lhat the abrasive wheel 
only has to get ihe correct width and make it 
somewhat smooth. Go slow and keep the 
antler cool so that it does not scorch. 

The method that follows is used to either 
slot partway or completely up to the start of 
the crown: 

I ) Mark the cut with a pencil: 

Illustration No. 1: This is the jig for drilling pivot holes in irregular- 
shaped handle material. It is made of particle board which is glued up, 
and then a notch is cut through the center for placement of the handle 
material. The material for the jig does not matter; the important thing 
is that it aligns the slot at a 90-degree angle to the drill bit. 

Illustration No. 2: After drilling, the antler part is then mounted 
in the jig made of 1-inch-thick Micarta®, The hole for the set 
screws should be drilled completely through the block prior 
to cutting out the opening for the antler part. The holes are 
then tapped for the set screws. (See points "C. ") The impor- 
tant thing about this jig is that the set screws hold the antler 
part with the slot at a 90-degree angle to the base. "A" shows 
the pencil line to align the partial saw cut shown as "B. " The 
saw cut is only made deep enough to insert the full width of 
the steel support shown in Illustration No. 2, 

46 / BLADE 


21 Using lhe pencil mark for a guide, cul 
a slol in about an inch-and-a-half. This ail 
should he Lieaiiak'lv lined up and lie only as 
wide as the saw blade. If lliis llrst cut is not 
accurately made, it might ho difficult to keep 
the slol in line with the length of the handle: 

3) Locate the position for the pivot point 
and mark it by making a small indention 
with a three-sided awl or other sharp object. 
This gives the point of the drill hit a place to 
gel started without sliding off lite rounded 
sm lace of the antler: 

4) Clamp the antler to a drilling jig thai 
is specially made for the purpose of drilling 
llie pi vol hole with a drill press. The place- 
ment of the saw cut on the steel support 
gives the necessary perfect alignment to 
drill the pivot hole at a 90-degree angle to 
the slot. (See Illustration No. I.) This jig is 
similar to the one shown on page W of the 
November IW-) BLADE in Part III of 
"Making The friction holder." The differ- 
ence in this jig is thai the top plate is not 
fastened to the jig. The thin piece of steel is 
selected to be the same thickness as the 
handsaw cul and is slotted for the drill hii to 
pass through. The two legs of the jig are 
made to be exactly al W-dcgree angles to 
the drill bit; 

5) After drilling, the antler part is then 
mounted m the Micartun jig (See Illustra- 
tion No. 2.) Set screws with tapered ends 
hold the handle slol at precisely a 90-degree 
angle to the table of the machine. 1 got the 
idea for lhe jig from Gene Chapman's 
excellent booklet. Antler and Iron II 
("Building a Mountain Man Folding 
Knife"). (Antler and Iron II is available 
from Gene Chapman. POB 103K, Dept. 
fill. Kingston. WA 98346 web site: 

Gene's jig is a U-shaped piece of steel 
and was made to hold lhe antler in a vise for 
hand sawing and scraping out the slol. My 
version of lhe jig was made for holding the 
antler part on the table of a drill press, 
grinder, bandsaw or milling machine. The 
handsaw is used to open up the slol to 
approximately 80-lo-90 percent of the 
thickness of the blade. This cut is only 
removing excess material without making 
the slol smooth or of the correct width for 
lhe blade. The slot can then be cleaned up 
with a II I e or taken to an abrasive cut-off 
machine, where lhe cut is made the correct 
width with an abrasive blade; 

ft) This jig can be used on the drill press 
to drill a series of holes to rough out the 
slot. The jig can also be clamped to the 
table of a milling machine and the slol made 
with a small end mill or rotary burr. When 
milling the slot, the crown end should be 
fastened against the jig with a hold-down 
bolt; and; 

71 The slot is cleaned up with a file or 

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52100 in "What Exactly is a "High- Perfor- 
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By MSG Kim Breed 
5th Special Forces (ret) 



There arc knives for every conceivable 
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The consensus of numerous makers and 
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you and me- seems to indicate that one 
sheath material or style does noi Tit all knives. 
The following examines the pros and cons of 
sheath materials and designs and which using 
knife styles they suit best. Among the ques- 
tions you need answered are: Will the blade 
puncture the sheath, possibly injuring you or 
someone else and damaging the sheath and 
the knife? Will die sheath protect your knife 
from the elements'.' Will it secure your knife 
yet still enable you to withdraw the blade 
with ease? 


The first category examined consists of lixcd- 
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loops or slots and. in a few cases, steel clips. 
They secure your knife with a strap and snap 
or use Friction, as in a pouch style. 

Pros And tons: Leather looks and feels 
l; m i,l. An accomplished sheath maker can 
make any modifications as per your request. 
On the down side, leather wears in time or 
stretches out, causing a sloppy lit. Maintained 
improperly, it will hold grit that can scratch 
your blade. A leather sheath needs time to dry 
out if it gets wet. However, all the cons can 
be reduced by proper care. Any stretch or 
wear problems can be repaired. 

Kydex®, Concealex®, ABS Plastic: All 
three offer the best protection against the 

Some Top Sheath Makers 

Following roe Mime iiiakersniarkcler> of 
sheaths by material. There are Others 

1 e .it her: Chas Clements, John 
Dennehy, Kdge-Works, John Greco, 
George Lawrence Leather Co., tit 
Custom Leather. Liz McGowan, Kenny 
Rowe, Bob Schrap, Sherman's Custom 
Leather, Karen Shook, Candy Leather Co. 
Trcestump Leather and aborted knife 
companies and kml'emakers 

Kydex, Concealex, ABS Plastic: 
Blackie Collins Design, Blade-Teeh. Eagle 
Industries. Edge-Works. S&S Systems and 
assorted knife companies and knifemakei's. 

Nylon/Ballistic Cloth: Assorted knife 
companies and kniicmakers. 

Pot die contact information for the 
above sheath specialists, see "Where To 

m" on page 121. 

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Sheath Systems 


A neck knife is one 
type of knife in 
which you do not 
want sheath 

— the author 

■v The positive 

^r locking quality 

^W Kydex® affords 

*T^ neck-knife 

sheaths will 

fll ', ease your mind 

jH I about the knife 

<^ slipping out. 

Also, be sure 

the "necklace" 

-» is of a material 

that will break 

easily—such as 

the bead chain 

used on this 

*•• Barrel Ralph 

model— to 

avoid the 

possibility of 


blade puncturing the sheath. They arc rests- 
tan) in all the eiements. Securing your knife is 
accomplished b> friction anil the form- filling 
material lucking around the finger guard or 
other protrusion on the handle. A wide variety 
of knife securing systems are available. Clips, 
I imps, slots — some even use nylon webbing. 
The makers can also modify your sheath to 
any carry position you want. Most such 
sheaths come in black, though camouflage is 
also popular. 

Pros And Cons: Securing it to you is the 
weak point in a sheath of any of the three 
synthetic materials. Such sheaths are difficult 
to repair in the field. They also will put wear 
marks on your handle. On the up side, the 
synthetic sheaths arc almost indestructible. 
They secure your knife with an audible snap. 

Nylon, Ballistic Cloth: Goth are light- 
weight and inexpensive materials. They are 
the alternative to leather. Constructed simi- 
larly to leather sheaths, they use a snap 
system to secure your knile. The material is 
soft so no scratching will occur unless pit, 
etc., gets between the sheath and the blade. 
Most are hand washable. A loop or metal clip 

secures them to your bell. They should have 
some type of liner material, such as Kydex or 
brass. Pros: They are soft and conform to 
your body shape, Cons: The blade tip has the 
easiest chance to puncture them if no liner 
material is used. Some constructions warp 
badly if saturated with water, especially if 
cardboard or a fibrous materia I covered by 
l Inn cloth is used. 

Recommendations: I prefer good, quality 
leather pouch sheaths for fixed-blade/hunt- 
ing/utilily knives because of the feet. They 
ride comfortably and most adjustments or 
repairs can be done at home. They secure 
knives tightly and offer fast withdrawal. On 
my smaller knives 1 like to use a dangler 
(metal clip u ith a swivel attachment) with the 
pouch sheath. The swivel clip swings the 
sheath out of the way while you sit, climb, 

Camp Knives 

Camp knives range anywhere from 7-to-12 
inches long. Usually they are beefier in 
construction than other pieces so they can 
handle whacking and chopping better. Some- 

times, camp knives are carried, Most often 
I hey are stored in the "camp box" or rucksack 
for use in setting up camp. 

Leather: Leather sheaths are standard 
here and perform excellent if you maintain 
them. Either the snap or pouch style will 
work, though the snap will secure the larger 
models better. 

Kydex, Concealed, ABS Plastic: These 
three are more forgiving to the rigors of camp 
use. In camp, sheaths always seem to end up 
on the ground being stepped on and kicked 
out of the way, while Ihc knife is stuck in a 
nearby tree. Water has no effect on such 
sheaths and, if they arc muddy, a quick dip in 
w : ater will clean them up. A wide variety of 
available attachment systems provides numer- 
ous choices on where to carry your camp 

Nylon, Ballistic Cloth: Because of the 
larger kniTe size, these sheath materials do not 
seem to hold up. They are way too flexible for 
this writer's comfort 

Recommendations: Use Kydex for the 
sheaths of larger blades, without a doubt. 
However, if you carry Ihc knife on your side. 

52 / BLADE 


— -. — - 


The key to usin^ 

ballistic cloth is to 

;et the tightest fit 


" z author 

of Nyttm Weath will do & 
for a folding knife^M ffjust a tad 
big to carryJn a pocfmfsuch as this 

Puma Angler model. As a second 
I choice, go witti'^pop' 
% leather belt sheatli 

go with a heavy leather lined with Kydex, 

Small Folders 

Small folders. For both hunting and utility, are 
usually carried in your pocket lor security 
because o I' i heir size. However, some "I the 
larger ones need a cany system because the 
weight in your poekcl will drive you nuts. 

Wilh the popularity of the pocket clip, 
shealhs are becoming a rarity tor such fold- 
ers. There are some leather sheaths tor the 
small folder with snap closures and belt slots. 
Such shealhs hold up very well. They arc si ill 
made front Hl-io-l 2-onnce leather and can be 
dressed up wilh tooling. Some, made of thin- 
ner leather, link! up only about a year. A few 
makers offer a pancake-style sheath that 
works extremely well for fast withdrawal and 
displaying your knife. 

Kydcx. Conccalex. A8S Plastic: 
Sheaths of these materials are made for a 
select number of folders so the} can be 
carried in the open or "ready" mode. Usually 
these are for advanced tactical folders. 

Nylon, Ballistic Clulh: Pouch sheaths of 
these materials come in a variety of sizes and 


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Sheath Systems 

"Kydex, Concealex 
and ABS plastic offer 

the best protection 

from sheath puncture." 

—the author 

usually incorporate Velcro Tor a closure 
system. Sonic even haw a soft liner material. 
Nicy use a belt loop attachment. This is the 
mosi common pouch material tor such fold- 
ers. The key to using the eloih is to get the 
tightest lit possible. 

Recommendations; Any type of ballistic- 
cloth sheath lor the mild user will do. As a 
second choice, go with a good quality leather 
one. I prefer a pancake style in I (Mo- 1 2- 
ounce leather. The snap pouch offers a more 
disc reel carry. 

Neck Knives 

Neck knives have made a comeback the past 
couple of years. I hey are between l-to-4 
inches in length. The sheath is secured around 

lite neck by a cord, leather strap or chain 
(Author's note: Be sure the cord, strap or 
chain will snap or break before it becomes a 
choking hazard). This is one type of knife in 
which you do not waul sheath failure. Since 
95 percent of neck knives hang upside down, 
securing the knife is a priority For obvious 
reasons. An exposed blade tumbling between 
your shirt and skin adds new meaning to the 
word excitement, flic mote active you are, 
the more positive l he lock has to be. 

Leather: Leather has a good feci for such 
sheaths when they lay next in your skin, with 
no sharp edges lo dig into you. "fhe only chal- 
lenge with leather is that I he In has to he 
pei feci, preferably with some type of snap 

K\dc\, Concealex, ABS Plastic: Mosi 
neck knives have sheaths of one of these three 
materials, Thinness ami lighl weigh) is a deli- 
nite plus for die three as well, fhe positive 
locking they afford will ease your mind about 
the knife slipping out. They are the most 
durable of s heal lis and should need only a 
hull' Sanding alone [he edges to smooth Iheui 

Nylon, Hallislii' t loth: I hese maleriah 
are also soli against die sktn. tare needs lo be 
taken on the securing system depending on 
you! activity level A snap-type sheath would 
he the i n inimum seeming system for use with 
cither choice. 

Reecimmeiidaliinis: Kyiles is the choice 
here i"i its securing ability, 

Tactical illadcs 

These types of knives continue lo be hoi and 
spori stainless steel blades m a variety of 
shapes and grinds. The trend is to achieve a 

The standard button snap is OK for a 
medium tactical piece but an upper tie- 
down of some sort is preferred. Also, 
since military users are included in this 
category, a leg tie-down strap should be 
available for airborne operations. The Ka- 
Bar Next Generation meets both require- 

"The standard button 

snap is OK for a 

medium tactical piece 

but an upper tie-down 

is preferred." 

— the author 

hi-iech appearance with sleek styling and 
lines. Sheaths play a major role in the overall 
look. Just make sure ihey maintain function. 

Leather: The old standby is used here, 
often dyed black to enhance the tactical look. 
If you work in i he tactical held, be sure to gel 
lf)-io- 12-ounce leather. It offers more protec- 
tion for both you and your knife. The standard 

"Before you buy a 

sheath, put it on and 

play with it." 

— the author 

button snap is OK for a medium tactical pieee 
but an upper lie-down of some sort is prefer- 
able. Also, since military users are included in 
this category, a leg tie-down slrap should be 
available Tor airborne operations. (Author's 
note: Being a jump master, (his wriler knows 
that with leather you need a liner of some 
sort.) A pouch style should have a safety 
slrap. The military uses a LBE (Load-Bearing 
Equipment) to carry gear that needs a differ- 
ent type of hook-up system (ban normal. 

Kydcx, Concealex, ABS Piastre: All 
three are the most common sheath material in 
Ibis category. Rugged and jump-master 
approved. I hey 111 the look totally. These 
materials are impervious to chemicals and the 
elements. They are almost indestructible. The 
other thing about a sheath of these materials is 
that die lockup is positive. An audible xntip 
lets you know that your knife is secure. 
However, the snap and the plastic sound 
when the sheath hits something are my 
personal pel peeves when silence is a key. 
One had experience equals bad taste. Know 
when you might need your knife and make 
your decision from there. 

Nylon, Ballistic Cloth: There is no noise 
factor with these two but be sure either will 
protect you and yottr knife. These materials 
seem to hold up hul can look -ragged after 
long Held operations. The longer the blade, 
the more important it is lo have some kind of 
liner with sheaths of these two materials. 

Recommendations: Leather with a 
Kydcx liner and a breakaway snap strap, or a 
lined pouch style. 

Carry Systems 

You will see a mixing and matching of mate- 
rials with today's carry systems — leather, 
Kydcx and nylon webbing leather m nvlou 
webbing for the harness and Kydcx to secure 
your knife upside down. The key factors in 
looking at such systems are comfort and 
deployment/access. Sometimes this is ihe best 
way to carry a backup blade. Using knives 
with such systems is considered concealed 
carry, so be sure to check the laws in your 

Recommendations: Go with a leal her 
harness and eiiher Kydex or nylon depending 
on the noise factor. 


Before you buy a sheath, put il on and play 
with ii. Experiment with knife withdrawal and 
replacement, right side, left side and behind 
the back. Make sure you have clean, safe 
access. If it does not meet your needs, ask the 
maker to modify it to tit your carry. It may 
take longer to get your knife but it will be 
worth l he wait. 


54 / BLADE 


The author prefers good, quality leather 
pouch sheaths for fixed-blade/utility 
knives because of the feel. They ride 
comfortably and most adjustments or 
repairs can be done at home. They secure 
knives tightly and offer fast withdrawal. 
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Young Blood Invigorates Guild 

New members and board elections hold promise for the future 

To review i ho 2000 Knifemak- 
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_ meeting in New Orleans this 
past summer. 1 would like to salute 
the Guild's 30 new voting and 15 
new probationary members. The 
board of directors and established 
voting members welcome the "new 

In the board elections, Eugene 
Shadley re placed Bob Ter/uola as 
a board director. Eugene is a great 
mul li -blade maker and I Feel he 
will be a fine board member. I 
would like to thank Bob Tor his 13 
years of service on the board, liob. 
you were always there for the 
Guild. Other board members re- 
elected included Mel Pardue as 
vice president, Steve Jernigan as a 
board director and yours truly as president. 

In the only award voted on hy Guild 
knifemakers for another Guild maker, 
Wayne Henslej received ihe Red Watson 
Friendship Award. The award honors a 
maker who best exempli Ties Watson's spirit 
of cooperation with his fellow Guild 
members, and Wayne certainly lives up to 
the Watson tradition. Meanwhile, Joe 
Drouin received a special award to recog- 
nize his support of the handmade industry 
dim ugh his collecting efforts down through 
the years. 

Wayne Hensley (center) receives congratulations 
from Guild President Ai Pendray (left) and outgoing 
board director Bob Terzuola for winning the Red 
Watson Friendship Award, the only honor bestowed 
on a Guild knifemaker by his/her fellow Guild makers. 

The Nate Posner Award is voted on by 
the board of directors and is presented to 
non-knifemaking Guild members who excel 
at promoting custom knives and knifemak- 
ers. This year's recipients are Rolf and 
Gaby Friberg of Sweden, holh of whom 
have furthered the handmade industry on an 
international scale. 

The ITibergs announced they would be 
presenting the annual Friherj* Award. Roll' 
and Gaby do the selecting and set the crite- 
ria, which are based not only on outstanding 
knifemaking but on friendship/ fellowship. 
The award's initial recipient. Steve 
Johnson, certainly meets the criteria. The 
Guild thanks the 1-Tibergs for instituting the 
new honor and congratulates Steve for being 
the first recipient. 

In official Guild business, Ron Lake 
asked for and received a vote by Guild voting 
members to acknowledge Michael Walker as 
ihe inventor of the LinerLock". as well as 
Walker's sharing of the invention with Guild 
members. Lake said that members sharing 
ideas was one thing but when they profit 
from manufacturers via collaborations, etc., 
using Walker's ideas, Michael should share 
in the royalties. The measure was approved 
by Guild voting members. 

Rolf and Gaby Friberg (from left) accept 
the Nate Posner Award from Steve 
Jernigan, a Guild board director. The 
award is voted on by the board for 
non-knifemaking Guild members who 
further the cause of Guild knifemakers 
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New Guild Members 

The new voting members are: Daniel 
i anriadi Gerald Corbit; Robert Dcleo; 
Jim Elliott: David Ellis; Ernest Emerson: 
Ricky Fowler. Ralph Freer: Daryle 
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56 /BLADE 


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Rolf (left) and Gaby Friberg in recognition 
of a Guild member's knifemaking excel- 
lence and friendship/fellowship. 

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blood.' " — the author 

The new probationary members are: 
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Kntfe Files 

By Daniel Winkler 
ABS master smith 

A small belt knife made from a 
file demonstrates the forged 
finger pad with a decorative 
curl that has long been 
identified with the 
author's work. The 
sheath is by Karen 
Shook. (Weyer 

How to Make a Knife 

From a File 




n the second of two 

parts, the author 

takes you through 

the hardening 

and tempering of 

the blade, making 

the handle and 

sharpening the edge 

Editor's note: Lost 
issue, the author 
foamed on the materials anil 
equipment, the forging anil the 
finishing of a foijfe made from a file, contrasting 
the way he used 10 do it with minimal tools to the 
wa) he does it now with more advanced equip- 
ment. This issue, he finishes the lesson. 

The procedure lor hardening and tempering 
ihe blade is ilie same for both the THt-N 
and NOW met hods. Si nee the knife 
blanks are annealed, ii is necessary to re-harden 
each blade and leave ihe langs somewhat soft. 
The initial step is to prepare a quenching solution 
in a metal am thai is deep enough to completely 
submerse the blade. The recipe I prefer is two 
parts used motor oil to one part brake lluid. 

58 / BLADE 

WARNING: This is a 

Flammable mixture so I always wear 
gloves, long sleeves and keep a lid handy should 
I need to extinguish a fire. 

Using the forge or an oxygen'aeeiylene 
torch, 1 heat the steel to the stage of red beat from 
the cutting edge up about half the width of the 
hlade, then immediately submerge the knife in 
the quenching solution. When the steel lias 
cooled completely, I remove the knife, wipe off 
the excess oil and put the knife in an oven 
preheated to T25 IJ K lor about two hours. This 
•jive-- i lie blade its temper, which 1 check by 
doing a file test on the cutting edge. 

If the cutting edge is right, a dull file will 
slide off and a new tile will barely cut I he steel. If 
the blade is Uxi soli meaning the dull file biles or 

The quenching solution the author 
prefers is two parts used motor oil to one 
part brake fluid. WARNING: This is a flam- 
mable mixture so always wear gloves, 
long sleeves and keep a lid handy should 
you need to extinguish a fire. 

outs, it is necessary to repeat ibe beating and 
quenching steps, then return lite knife to a 375°- 
4()0"F oven for two more hours. If the new file 
slides off, indicating thai the steel is too hard. I 
increase ihe oven temperature to 45(1' K and 
return the hlade for another two hours. 

Due lo variations in oven leniperalures. sleel 
types and factors inherent lo Ihe forging process, 
it is necessary on occasion to repeal the temper- 
ing process several limes to achieve a cutting 


"The size of the 

drill bit should be the 

same diameter as 

the pin stock/ 

—the author 


Mark the pin placement on the tang and 
make a starting point for drilling using a 
center punch. The size of the drill bit 
should be the same diameter as the pin 
stock. Pinholes need to be drilled 
perfectly straight and the area around the 
holes flattened with a file. 

The sanding board is a time-consuming 
replacement for a disc or flatbed sander 
to flatten the split surfaces of handle 
slabs. Whatever you use, flatten the split 
surfaces so that the two sides will fit flat 
against the tang. This step also reduces 
the slabs to the desired thickness. 

L'dgL 1 I En it I will slay kt-vn and remain relatively 
easy lo sharpen. Heat treating causes a black 
lilm ii) liirm on the Made that must tx' removed 
by hand sanding with line emery paper- 
Tl-ll-.N or a duller with a coarse compound 

Preparing And Attaching The Scales 
THI:N: Hacksaw; sanding board made of a llai 
piece of wood or metal with coarse sandpaper 
attached; screw-clamp setup: file; medium- and 
Hue-grit emery paper: ami a hand drill Ml 

NOW: Handsaw; disc sander with coarse 
paper: 2x72 abrasive belts, 120. 220 and .120 
grit; center punch: drill press.'bit;, and two spring 

I typically select handle material before 
forging a knife jusl in case there are special 
considerations related to Ihe tang, such as curve 
and si/e. 

"Hie steps in preparing Ihe handle are essen- 
tially the same for both the THEN and NOW 


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methods, even though ihc equipment is different. 
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fit to the tang; then I saw it in half. Using a sand- 
ing board -THEN -or disc sander— NOW— I 
llaiten the split surfaces so thai the two sides will 
lit flat against the tang. This step also reduces 
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my helt sander « iili 120- ami 320-gril abrasives. 
However, there is no need to use clamps since 
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ment on the tang and make a starting point for 
drilling using a center punch. The size H the 
drill bit should be the same diameter as the pin 
stock. Pinholes need to he drilled perfectly 

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straight and the area around the holes flattened 
with a fife. Using five-minute epoxy glue, I 
clamp one slah into place and. once the glue is 
set, drill through the holes in the tang into and 
on I the other side of the slab. Again using the 
epoxy glue. I glue the second slah on the other 
side dI' the tang and let it set. Then, using the 
link's m the lirsl slah as a guide. I drill though 
Ihem out I he other side of the .second slab. If] 
want the pins to be Hush I glue them in place, 
then file and sand then) olTeven with the handle 
surface. I cut and 11 le pins slightly longer than 
the handle is wide, then Hare the heads with a 
batl-pein hammer when 1 want a more tradi- 
tional look. 

To complete the handle with my THEN 
equipment, I use Hie screw-clamp set-up to iile 
and sand the handle to its finished shape, for ihe 
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by how much clean-up is involved, final sand- 
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beveled the blade, this is a relatively easy 

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on (he edge. It) fact, a leather block or strop will 
restODB the cutting edge several times before it is 
necessary to go to a stone for re-sharpening. 

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BLADE/ 61 

By Judge Lowell Bray 
BLADE® field editor 

Virginia's Approach To 
Concealed Carry Part 

The commonwealth gives broad meaning to the term 
"weapons of like kind" 

L;isi issue, "Your Knife Rights" consid- 
ered a recent Virginia appellate opin- 
ion interpreting the slate "s concealed 
knife statute. To paraphrase, ilie statute 
makes ii a crime for a person to "carry, 
hidden from common observation, any dirk, 
bowie, switchblade, ballistic knife or razor, 
or any weapon of like kind. A weapon shall 
be deemed to be hidden from common 
observation when it is observable but is of 
such deceptive appearance as to disguise its 
true nature. " In a footnote to the ease the 
court adopted definitions of dirk, bowie and 
like kind weapons. This issue and next. 
"Your Knife Rights 1 ' will consider cases in 
which the courts have tried to apply their 
definitions to specific cutlery items. 

I. lection v. Commonwealth 

At least three Virginia eases in the past five 
years have dealt with butterfly knives. The 
firs! ease was that of Rommel Castro F.lec- 
cion. Eleccion was stopped while driving on 
school grounds and his car was searched. A 
butterfly knife was found under the floor 
mat on the driver's side of his vehicle. He 
was charged with a violation of die statute. 
lie argued that his knife was not a weapon 
for purposes of the statute, and that it was 
not "about his person" as the statute 
required. The trial judge examined the 
knife winch unfortunately is not described 
in the opinion and consulted a common 
dictionary. The judge then decided thai the 
knife, when in the open position, was about 
the same si/e as and looked similar to a dirk 
or dagger lie held that the knife was a 
"weapon of like kind" to a dirk and there- 
fore a weapon under the statute. 

On appeal the Virginia Court of Appeals 
agreed. It upheld the conviction, saying that 

the evidence supported the lower court's 
decision. The court went on to say that 
"about the person" under the statute means 
that the weapon is "so connected with the 
person as to be readily accessible for use or 
surprise if desired." Then, in a footnote, the 
court suggested that the knife might have 
been a switchblade under the statute even if 
it were not a weapon of like kind to a dirk. 

"Kingery was 
convicted by a trial 
court that did not 
specify what part of 
the statute the knife 
came under." —the 

Last issue, "Your Knife Rights" exam- 
ined a case in which the court adopted the 
position that an inoperable switchblade was 
not a switchblade. However, when the same 
knife was locked open, it was a dirk or 
weapon of like kind under the statute. If the 
same logic were applied in Bleccion's case. 
a butterfly knife that was not open would 
not appear to be "of like kind to a dirk." I Ik- 
court, however, did not discuss this distinc- 

Kingery v. Commonwealth 

In I W, three years after the Kleccion deci- 
sion, the court of appeals reviewed another 
case involving a butterfly knife. Samuel II. 
Kingery III was arrested on an assault 
charge. When he was searched incident to 

the arrest, a closed butterfly knife was found 
in his right rear pocket. The arresting officer 
testified that l be knife was totally concealed. 
He also testified that the knife was 3 or 4 
inches long, "one that can easily be whipped 
around and swung open. It's more of a 
fighting knife, it's not like a cutting knife or 
a paring knife or something like that." 
Kingery was convicted under the statute by 
a trial court that did not specify what part of 
the statute the knife came under. 

The appeals court set out the following 
definitions from Webster's 3rd Interna- 
tional Dictionary, 

dirk n. I. a long sitaight-bladed dagger 
formerly carried, especially by the Scottish 
Highlander. 2. A short sword formerly worn 
by British junior naval officers. 
dagger n. la. a short knife used for stab- 

"Even U.S. Customs 

has made a distinction 

between butterfly 

knives that are 

weapons and those that 

are not." — the author 

The court also defined sword and then 

Given the definitions recited obove, the 
butterfly knife, when opened, most closely 
resembles a dirk. The knife easily opens 

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and was described by the police officer as 
a "fighting knife." Based upon its appear- 
once, it is i weapon of "like kind" to a dirk 
contemplated in the statute. 

The conviction was affirmed. Only one 
member of the eourt. Justice Benton. 
dissented. He was not impressed hv what 
the knife looked like when it was open. His 
assessment of the knife was simple and 
succinct, Kingery's knife contained a blade 
that folded into the handle and was fit for 
being carried in a pocket. It was a pock- 
elknife. Uenlon opined. One suspects the 
Scottish Highlanders and British junior 
naval officers would agree. In Delcid v. 
Commonwealth, a case "Your Knife Rights" 
will consider in a future installment, the 
court again found a butterfly knife — one 
with only one sharpened edge- to be a 
weapon. Again, Justice Benton dissented. 

"It seems in Virginia 

that a butterfly knife is 

treated as a 'dirk or 

weapon of like kind" 

under the concealed 

weapon statute." — the 


It is, of course, doubtful that the legisla- 
tors who passed the statute had butterfly 
knives in mind. If they did, they likely 
would have specified them, h should also 
be noted that even the U.S. Customs Service 
has made a distinction between butterfly 
knives thai are weapons and those that are 
not. However, the distinction has not been 
recognized in Virginia. It seems to be settled 
in the law of Virginia that a butterfly kni IV 
is going to be treated as a "dirk or weapon 
of like kind" under the concealed weapon 

Next issue, "Your Knife Rights" will see 
how box cutters, steak knives and pock- 
etknives have been treated under the 
Virginia statute. 

Facts taken from Election v. C 'ommon- 
weatrh. 1996 Wl. 552681 (Va. App.) and 
Kingerv v. Commonwealth, 1999 W L 
1 129723 (Va. App.). 

The author has been a lawyer since 1973 
out/ a judge since I9H2. He is also a 
member of The Knifemakers ' Guild, a jour- 
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66/ BLADE 

inerLock® folders are very popular today tor their ease of use and one-hand operation. Boih 
segments of the diverse utility folder market handmade and production are loaded with 

:ui\ offerings of all price ranges, blade and handle materials and such I hove in the market for 
a new piece can take several avenues to gain information in the search lor the knife they have in 
mind. Cutlery magazines, internet discussion forums, and attending knife shows such as the 
BLADE Show expose the collector/user to a variety of these knives and scads of information about 

Whai exactly should you look for in a using folder'.' To help in your search. BLADE® asked me 
to pick some pieces with the qualities that I look for in a top-oEt he-line Folding knife. Following 
are five. There are others but there was not enough room for ihem all in this story. 


The "flipper" at the base of the blade 
makes one-hand opening of the Kit 
Carson M 16 a breeze. Blade steels come 
in your choice of CPM S60V (440V) and 
S90V (420V), D-2, ATS-34, t54CM. 440C. 
damascus and Stellite® 6K. 

Best Buy? 

Price is definitely .in issue when it tomes to 
knives. Mure often, lite folders yon waul Lire 
the ones you cannot afford! Folks often 
search for a work knife that will serve them 
well mulei heavy-dnlv use and one which is 
easy lo maintain. Moreover, they want knives 
that showcase style and prime manufacturing 
quality. SiiJIy, sometimes the old adage of 
"you gel what you pay lor" rings true with 
knives, though one company is working dili- 
gently to shatter the myths thai you must pay 
SI50-S200 lor a stylish folder lhat also is a 
good performer. That company is Columbia 
River Knife & Tool (CRKT). 

"The materials we 

use do not sacrifice 

day in/day out 


-Paul Gillespie 

CRKT's collaboration with custom 
maker I'al (.'raw ford yields two knives, one 
the maker's popular Kasper Folding fighter, 
designed in concert with writer and knife-use 
instructor. Hob Kasper. CRKT'S version 
the Crawford; Kasper folder is made in 
Taiwan and comes in two si/es with manu- 
facturer's suggested retail prices (MSRPs) of 
io<».'>5 (large) and $54.95 (small I. "The 
materials we use are described by some as 
■ i nam si ream" rather than hi-tech, and that 
results in lower cost," states Paul Gillespie of 
CRKT. "'At the same time, the materials do 
not sacrifice clay in/day out performance as 
there are u multitude of trade-offs." 

The folder features dual 42(1.12 steel 
liners. Atel " scales and a blade of AUS-6M 
stainless. "(Our) AUS-6M does not hold an 
edge as long as (our| ATS- .14 because it is 
not as hard." Gillespie points out. However, 
he adds, the AUS-oM's lower hardness 
means the user has an easier job to resharpen 
or hone it than the ATS-34. The 
Craw ford Kasper folders have, excellent tit 
and finish, as well as smooth-as-silk action 
thanks to the Teflon™ washers in the pivot. 
The handle offers a secure grip with its 
thumb ramp and large linger well. The folder 
oilers light lockup out of the box and features 
the f AWKS (Lake And Walker Knife 
Safety) designed by noted custom makers 
Ron Lake and Michael Walker, which 
provides "lock security under heavy use." In 
fact, CRKT's enure line offers knives thai 
have the same lil, finish and action as pieces 
ili.it cost twice as much. All are available at 
prices that put ihem well within the reach of 

knife enthusiasts, especially those jusi start- 
ing out in the exciting world of blades. 

frame- Luck Recurve 

If you want a handmade taelieal folder thai 
looks as slick as it performs, try the Apogee 
from kiiifemaker Darrel Ralph. Darrel 
designed the frame-lock Apogee because, he 
says, "there was a hole in the market for a 
(frame- lock) knife that was ergonomic and 
jusl a good, strong utility knife. I warned to 
give the knife market a folder with a choice 
Of sieel for the blade and a good, lightweight. 
strong handle.*' The resulting folder bridges 
the gap between art and working knives, No 
doubt about it, Ihe Apogee is a sexy piece 
with a curvaceous and rounded titanium 
handle mated with a recurved drop-point 
blade of CPM S90V (420V). "The recurved 
edge, in my opinion, is great," Ihe maker 
stresses. "It has a sweel spol and cuts througl 
most materials with ease." Ralph puis a field- 

"The more cutting 
pressure you put on 

the down cut, the 
tighter the lock gets/ 

— Da ire 1 1 Ralph 

grade satin finish on his blades lo help hide 
scratches thai may occur through use. He also 
atiodi/es each Apogee in bright colors, 
further enhancing its appeal. The Ibldci in 
easy to carry with its slim profile Ibanks to 
the frame lock and high-mounted clip, 
which carries Ihe knife low in ihe pocket. 
Darrel says he likes lo build ihe Apogee to 
where the lockbar slicks a little lo die blade 
tang, thus solidifying ihe folder's lockup. 
"The more cutting pressure you put on the 
down cut," Ralph indicates, "the (ighler the 
luck gets." 

Ultimate Folding Hunter? 
Factory/custom collaborations are hot, with 
nearly every knife company offering some 
sort of production piece designed in conjunc- 
tion wilh notable knifemakers and knife 
designers. Spyderco has been at die fore! rout 
of collaborations for Ihe past 10 years or so. 
One of its best-selling col taboral ions is ihe 
C48 Tim Wegner Clip-It, Wegner who is 

"It can do it all in the 

-the author 

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called on Ins years of outdoor know how t" 
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Folding Favorites 

"The qualities that 
make it a great hunter 

also make it a 
premium daily-carry 


— the author 

me to understand the need for a knife that 
will perform specific tasks required in the 
field, yet be a knife that will be an everyday 
companion." Wegncr explains his vision in 
designing the C48. It is a knife that can do it 
all in the backwoods. The semi-skinner 
\ l S-li blade has enough bell} to handle 
most skinning and field-dressing chores, 
and ample blade tip to perform caping tasks. 
Spydereo added a solid, rull-lengih stainless 
steel spacer to give the handle lateral rigid- 
ity, centered the balance of the knife, and 
made the lockup feel as if the piece were a 
fixed blade. Wegner says that even though 
he designed the knife primarily as a hunting 
tool, the same qualities that make it a great 
hunter also make it a premium daily-carry 
utility folder for all cutting tasks. As has 
been reported in BLADE*, the Alaska 
Department of Fish and (lame endorsed the 
C48 to he the knife used in all of the depart- 
ment's field dressing and meat care clinics, 
Wegner says the fact that his design was so 
chosen is ■'pretty cool. It was an honor (for 
me) lor litem in choose the knife." 

Magic Dragon 

Speaking of performance. Emerson Knives, 
inc.. produces folders designed for high 
performance and quick access. The 
company's first release for 2000 was the 
Mach-I. Company (HO limesl hmerson 
wanted to design a knife that anyone could 
use — a farmer, rancher, hunter, mechanic — 

"The key to designing 
serrations is to under- 
stand what they really 
are — saw teeth." 

— Ernest Emerson 

anybody who needs a hard-use large folder. 
The Maeh-I is around <i inches overall and 
has a I54CM stainless blade with a handle 
of G-I0 sporting dual titanium liners. Emer- 
son offers the Mach-I with the option ol a 
partially serrated blade. The "Dragon 
Teeth" serrations can rip easily through 
rope, cardboard or garden hose without 


The ATS-34 blade of the Spyderco Wegner 
C48 has enough belly to handle most skin- 
ning and field-dressing chores, and ample 
blade tip to perform caping tasks. A solid, 
full-length stainless steel spacer gives the 
handle lateral rigidity, centers the balance 
of the knife, and makes the lockup feel as 
if the piece were a fixed blade. 

hanging up on the material as some serra- 
tions can. 

" [ In - kc> in ik'Mi.'inn;.' el fieienl and 
functioning serrations is to understand 
essentially what they really are — saw 
teeih." Imerson says. "When it comes to 
serrations on knives, especially general use 
or work knives, the goal is to design serra- 
tions that nil] eut through a variety of mate- 
rials with the most efficiency." F.merson 
Knives uses a slightly different serration 
pattern than other companies that is not as 
aggressive looking in appearance. "The 
reason we use our Dragon Teeth serrations, 
which have a combination of both fine and 
coarse teeth, is strictly to give us a pattern 
that will perform in the widest variety of 
fulling materials," Emerson points out. 
Emerson Knives also uses the Dragon Teeth 

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Folding Favorites 

Though Columbia River's Paul 
Gillespie says CRKT's AUS-6M 
blade steel does not bold an edge 
as long as the company's ATS-34, 
the trade-off is that the AUS-6M 
blade of the CRKT Crawford/ 
Kasper Folder is easier to 
sharpen, as on this Lansky Fold- 
A-Vee Sharpener. Manufacturer's 
suggested retail price for the large 
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70 / BLADE 


"Pick it up and feel the 

bulk in the palm 

of your hand.'" 

— the author 

serration pattern on its oilier folders, includ- 
ing the SPEGWAR, Commander, Navy 
SARK and CQC7. (i-'or more on the SARK, 
see special si 017 this issue. ) 

Tank Tough 

What is your definition of tough? An 

Abrams lank'.' A Caterpillar I)X'.' There is a 
maker who buikls working folders that epit- 
omize litis lype of "tough." Harold "Kit" 
Carson, a full -lime maker since he retired 
from the Army in October 1993, is a 
res pec icd name when it comes to stout tacti- 
cal folders. From his shop in rural Vine 
Grove, Kentucky. Carson turns out such 
pieces as his Ml 6 folder. He employs vari- 
ous si eels for the blade, depending on 
customer requests. Choices run the gamut 
of high-performance materials, including 
CPM S60V (440V) and S90V (420V). D-2, 
ATS-34. I54CM. 440C, damascus and Stel- 
lile 6K« Whde blade materials vary. Kit 
uses titanium liners and handles on each 
model. Tough! The M 16 is an all-business 
working knife lhat Carson designed to be 
used and used hard. If specified by the 
customer. Kit can make the MI6 wilh whai 
he calls the "'Hipper" a rounded protrusion 
that is part of the blade tang which speeds 
blade opening and also serves as a linger 
guard. Each Carson knife has heft pick it 
up and feel llie bulk 111 the palm of your 
hand. The maker is a real stickler for fit. 
finish and a light lockup. His attention to 
detail and function have earned him a solid 
reputation in the handmade industry for 
building rock-steady working folders on 
which you can depend. 


With the abundance of working folders on 
the market, you have an array of choices 
and options from which to choose. It seems 
thai every year there are more new entries 
into this segment of the knife market, 
further fueling your desire 10 add the pieces 
lo your collections. It is important that you 
be educated prior to making your purchase 
of a working liildei since I here is .1 lie\> of 
factors that influence knife use. The lop 
working folders arc designed and built to 
withstand the rigors of hard use on a daily 

Some critics have dismissed the work- 
ing folder genre as a lad and that ii will 
soon blow over. Consider the predominance 
of this style of folding knife on the market 
now. It is definitely here to stay. 

For iliv contact information for the knives 
in the story, see " Where To Get 'Em " on 
page 121. 


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The Randall Model 1 7 Astros made for the Mercury 
space program are the epitome of living-history blades 

By Pete Hamilton, Past Randall Shop Foreman 

There have been many questions lately 
about the Model 17 Astro knife, ques- 
tions that apparently have been 
brought about by the raising of astronaut 
tins CJrissom's Libert) Hell 7 space capsule 
and the Model 17 that was in it. (For more 
on thai knife, see the October BLADE « .) 

The first of this model was made in 
l'>fi() when 10 of them were delivered to 
astronaut Gordon Cooper. At the time, it 
was not an official model yet. 

In the 16th printing of the Randall Cata- 
log in l%4. the Model 17 was shown with 
nit handle slabs. The slabs were available 
for an extra charge of S5. At thai time, the 
Astro was also available with a Solingcn 
blade. The standard blade was carbon steel 
and the hih was stainless steel. According to 
the 17th Randall Catalog in l%(i, the handle 
slabs were no longer listed as an extra. 
Micarta h slabs were made standard. In 
1973, the 22nd Randall Catalog reported a 
change in the standard blade material from 

carbon to stainless steel. Since that lime, the 
lang of die knife has heen slotted for stor- 
age. The handles are sloued, also. 

I: What's the history on the thick Model 
14s and the limited numbers of them? 
(Gradv McCotter, address n/a) 

Back in the early 1980s, a Model 14 blade 
was forged with an oversized thickness. 
Mosl of the knives are forged from quarter- 
inch stock but ihis particular Model 14 was 

In the metric system there is not a true 
measurement for a quarter inch. The stock is 
either undersized or oversized. That is why 
these few knives were "oversized." It seems 
that in the order Ihcrc were a few of the 
oversized bars and, when the steel was 
selected for the next forging, the bars were 
in the bundle. The steel was eul lo length 
and the blades were forged. No notice was 
made of the difference at the time. 

A number of the knr.es were completed 
before anybody noticed the difference. At 
that time, all the remaining blades and 
knives were pulled from stock and placed in 

Some of the thick Model 14s did get 
shipped, Some went lo individuals and some 
lo Randall dealers. About 101) were made 
and about 50 were shipped. 

I have received several questions about a 
group of Randall knives shown at the most 
recent RLADI£ Show that were extremely 
fancy These were a few of the latest 
specials being produced by Randall Made 
Knives. The blades are as shown in the cata- 
log. The real difference is in die hilts, spac- 
ers and handle material. 

The ivory handles with scrimshaw were 
scrimmed by Rick Bowles. The other handle 
material was fossilized walrus and 
mastodon. These materials arc available at 
most of the knife shows or from some of the 

72 / BLADE 


knife suppliers. 

The silver hills, spacers and butts were 
true silver, not niekcl stiver. To my knowl- 
edge, sit present there is only one supplier of 
this material. If you are thinking about 
getting one of these special Randalls, be 
advised that Randall Made does not have 
the silver on hand— you must supply it. 
Contact Precious Metals Fabrications, PMB 
288. 266 Klmwood Ave.. Buffalo, NY 
14222 for in formal ion about the parts. 

2: I was given a Randall knife a hunt 3d 
years ago. One glance at it told me it was 
loo nice for my fishing tackle box, so I 
put il away. The previous owner or 
owners may have used it but it shows no 
signs of wear or sharpening. Can you tell 
me what model number it is and how old 
it is? (Orville Austin, Sunnyvale, Califor- 

The knife that you have is a Model I with a 
7-inch blade sporting what appears to be a 
pinned stag handle. The knife looks like it 
could have been made in the late 1950s or 
early '60s. I cannot really tell from the 
picture you sent. The sheath is a Johnson- 
made and the hone is the correct one for the 

Finally, many thanks for the kind words 
from Bi.MW. reader Steve Strickland on my 
retirement from Randall Made Knives. 

Some ofyott One people are asking for 
value quotes on your Randall knives, either 
from a picture or by description. 1 realty 
would rather not quote prices without 
having the knife in my band. Sometimes 
pictures do not do the knife justice. 1 will be 
more than glad to give the values at any of 
the shows that I attend. Bring your knives 

This is the pack stored for the astronauts 
in the capsules of the Mercury space 
program. The Randall Model 1 7 Astro is at 
left. In the middle of the pack, next to the 
sunglasses, is a pouch for a "carborun- 
dum pocket hone. " 

If you have any questions about Randall 

knives, send litem in: Randal! Answer Man, 
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grounds most editions available price on request. 
Prairie Clays, 5172787113. 

REMINGTON BULLET knives and posters, all years 
available. Knile and gun related memorabilia, product 
information. 800-622-5120. 


AFFORDABLE QUALITY, tough, innovative knives. 
http://www.eknife.net PJ. Turner Knife Mfg.. Inc. 
Alton, WY 83110. 800-638-9959. 

7090 MORAN (BILL) 



KNIFE CATALOG. Major brands. Midwest's largest 
selection. $3 (refundable with first order). Safe & 
Knife Company, 4721 42nd Ave. N., Robbinsdale. 
MM 55422. 

KNIFE SHARPENING, even serrated blades, secrets 
revealed. Now anyone can sharpen, http:// 



BIG BOWIES and large fighters, My Personal 
Collection: top makers. LSASE for list. L.O. Drake, 
Cutler. "Tall Oaks" Ridge Ln., Mill Neck, NY 11765- 
0349. 51 6-922-2874. (drake® optonline.net 

lodrakew aol.com 



COOPER, NELSON, Togoo. Hibben, Draper, Rigney, 
Luckette, Friedly. Dawning, Hale, Randall, Chappei 
and others. Walt 800-527-8050 or 949-495-5844, 



SCHMIDT, SHADLEY, Hale, Osborne, Kious, Hoel, 
Centofante, Kaj Emoretsen, Martin, Busfield, Horn. 
Hodgson and others. Walt 800-527-8050 or 949- 
496-5844. eves. 



"LOWEST PRICES on Puma knives on the internet 
and in the country" -web site: http:// 
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salescjpumaknives.com 1-800-818-7682 (PUMA) 
George and Susan Held. 



ASIAN, PACIFIC antique arms and armor. 5 photo 
catalog, $9. Over seas J 16. Seven Stars Trading Co., 
POB 4666. Alexandria. VA 22303. 

HOLLYWOOD REPLICAS is your best source for 
Movie and TV collectible weapons. New items now 
available from Blade, Xena, Highlander, and 
Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Free locater service. Call 
or write for free catalog. Hollywood Replicas, 2742 
Fleur Drive #316, Des Moines, IA 50321. 515-243- 
4072 or visit us on the web at http:// 

ORIGINAL ANTIQUE swords, knives. All countries 
periods. Many Damasucs! Japanese, Mid East, 
Philippine, etc. 20 years mail order, 42 years 
experience. Frederick's Antique Sword, 6919 
Westview, Oak Forest, IL S0452. Next 4 catalogs. 




LAGUIOLE FOLDERS, factory direct distributor, best 
prices. Also Laguiole hunting knives, and "Le Kooto" 
folders. Dealers inquiries invited. Frantech: 770-619- 
9957, Fax 770-619-9248. 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335. Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 


ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List; POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



BUYING LOVELESS knives. Top prices paid, Rnett 
Stidham, Box 570, Roseland, FL 32957. 561-589- 
0618. E-mail: rstidhamftigate.net 

60VELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 31740. 912-732-6982 anytime. 


MORAN KNIVES wanted by collector. Bob 415-768- 

W.F. MORAN knives wanted. Cash buyer, collections 
desireable. We also consign. Steve Lewis, PO Box 
9056, Woodland Park. Co 80866. 719-686-1120. 

www .lewis-knives.com. 

W.F. MORAN knives for sale. ST-23 and others. 
Special camp knife, single guard. $3,900. Steve 719- 



I WILL pay top dollar lor old Randall knives wilh 
Heiser sheaths in good condition, McCotter 252-633- 



RUANAS wanted, especially Bowies, Customs and 
older stampings. Also brochures, lilerature. Sticker, 
711 McCormack. Ridgeland, MS 39157. 601-957- 
2436. stickergrpdr iolms.com 



BUYING SCAGEL knives. Top prices paid. Rhett 
Stidham, Box 570, Roseland, FL 32957. 561-589- 
0618. E-mail: rslidhamm gate.net 

SCAGEL KNIVES and Axes wanted: Gordon White, 
PO Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 31740. 912-732-6982 



DAVID YELLOWHORSE custom knives. New limited 
editions. Made on Buck frames. Jack Jenkins, 9403 
Redwood Drive, Baton Rouge. LA 70814. 225-928- 


A(U - Custom Knives For Sale- W.F. Moran, Jr., Hom, 
S. Hoel, H.H. Frank, Loveless, Lake and many other 
top makers on hand. Full line of the Al Mar line. A&J 
Enterprises. Box 1343 SSS, Springfield. MO 65805. 
417-335-2171, Buy, sell, trade or consignment. 
$2.00 for list. 

A*J - Custom Knives Wanted- W.F. Moran, Jr., Hom, 
S. Hoel, H.H. Frank, Loveless, Lake and many other 
top makers. The Al Mar line. A&J Enterprises, Box 
1343 SSS, Springfield, MO 65805. 417-335-2171. 
Buy, sell, trade or consignmenl. $2.00 for list 

ENGLAND, LOERCHNER, Carter, Viele. many others. 
Exceptional one-of-a-kind pieces from my personal 
collection. List/ photos: E-mail Frank at 
fpanicom aol.com or call/ fax at: 954-978-8614, 9am 

to 10pm EST. 

H.H. FRANK: His masterpiece, 1,000 hours, gold 
bolsters, acorns, ivory handle. Call lor price. Steve 

JACK CRAIN hollow handle knives wanted. Fred 773- 

SCOTTISH SGIAN dubhs, nowies. hunters, and other 
fixed blades by bladesniith Jarod Kearney. Call 336- 
656-4617. email: jarodkcrmindspring.com or visit: 
h ttp://www . jar odswor kshop.com 

WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives; Randall, 
Scagel, Ruana, F.S. Richtig, Morseth. Bone, Cooper, 
Loveless. Moran, Lile, etc. Also military knives and 
pockelknives, watches. Send description and price to: 
Angelo Solino. 201 Toronto Ave.. Massapequa, NY 
11758. 516-798-4252. 

WANTED: SCAGEL. R.H. Ruana, Randall. Loveless. 
Morseth, Remington, and Marbles knives and axes. 
Any Heiser knife or axe sheaths, 912-732-6982, 
anytime. Gordon White, Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 
__ 3 1740- 


TARGES- SCOTTISH Battle Shields quality leather, 
brass headed tacks, historic patterns. I make my own. 
Send long stamped addressed envelope. George 
Bolton, 130 N. Hudson St.. Coldwater, Ml 49036- 




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CRKT Teams With 
Crawford On Folder 

The Columbia River Point Guard is a Pal 
and Wcs Crawford design with an 
AUS-6M blade, a Zytel.K' handle, stain- 
less sled liners, and the LAWKS safety lock. 
For more information contact Columbia 
River Knife & Tool, atlti: R. Bremer, Dept. 
BL.l, 9720 S.W. Hillman Cl., #805, 
Wilsonville. OR 97070 (800) 891-3100. 

Walker Blends Pink 
Ivory And Damascus 

John Walker designs a 7 1/4-inch 
dagger with a damascus blade, a pink- 
ivory handle, five sterling silver rings 
and 14k-gold twisted wire. 

For more information contact John 
Walker, Dept. BL1, 10620 Moss Branch 
Rd„ Bon Aqua, TN 37025 (931 ) 670-4754. 

Deer Antler Defines 
Smith Fixed Blade 

Charlie Smith carved a buck head and a 
white buffalo in the deer antler handle 
Hi; i damascus fixed blade. 
For more information contact Charlie 
Smith. Dept. BL1, 9109 N. Council Rd., 
Oklahoma City, OK 73 132 (877) 435-4506. 

CUTCO Offers 32 
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CUTCO's Ultimate Set is 32 pieces in 
all, including 12 table knives, paring 
knives, trimmers, a butcher knife, carv- 
ing knife, sheer, French chef knife and more. 

For more information contact CUTCO, 
attn: S, Grey. Dept. BLL 1 1 16 E. State St., 
Olean, NY 14760(716)372-3111. 

Spyderco Unleashes 
Police Neck Knife 

he Mini Police Model neck knife by 
Spyderco features a serrated, I 5/16- 
inch ATS-34 blade, a litanium handle 
and a sterling silver chain. 

For more information contacl Spyderco, 
attn: J. Laiturt, Dept. BL1. POB 800, 
Golden, CO K0402 (800) 525-7770. 

Hearn Incorporates 
Titanium Bolsters 

With blue-anodized titanium 
bolsters and titanium liners, Terry 
Hearn's locking-liner folder 
stretches 7 inches overall with an ivory handle. 
For more information contact Terry 
Hearn, Dept. BL1. R.R. 14, Box 7676, 
Lufkin. TX 75904 (936) 632-5045. 

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Carbon Fiber Stands 
Out On Anso Piece 

Jens Anso employs a "Damadrop" staiti- 
Icss-damascus blade and a carbon-fiber 
handle for his nlilily llxed blade. 
For more information contact Jens Anso, 
Dept. BLI, Spobjergvej 161. Dk 8220 
Urabrand, Denmark ( ■ 45 ) W44-9439. 

Fallkniven Offers 
VG-IO Neck Knife 

The Fallkniven WM neck knife show- 
cases a VG-10 blade, a Thermorun 1M 
handle and a Kydex'K; sheath. 
For more information contact Fallkniven. 
altn: P. Hjortberger. Dept. BLI, Box 204. S- 
961 23 Boden, Sweden < M6) 921-54422. 

Evans Hand Crafts 
Ebony-Handle Bowie 


iiil'l' F.vans delivers a bowie with a 
.8 1/4-inch 5 160 blade, an ebony handle 
and carved nickel-silver fittings. 
For more informal ion contact Bruce Evans. 

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25 Linfield Drive, Unit 58, St. Catharines, Ontario, 
Canada L2N 5T7. 1-905-935-1048 

BAJWA ENTERPRISES, P0 Box 1190, Sialkot, 
Pakistan. Manufacturers and exporters of hunting, 
pockel, folding, butterfly, dagger, skinner, swords. 
lishing keyehains, meat cleaver, cutlery and leather 
sheath/holsters. E-mail: bajwaci grt.space.net. pk Fax 



CANADIAN DEALER serving the collector for the past 
5 years. Hundreds ol brand name knives in stock for 
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customers. Mailorder to Canada and U.S. Visit us at 
our new location when in Toronto al the Woodbine 
Shopping Centre across from Ihe Woodbine Racetrack 
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minutes from the airport. S&R Knives Inc., Rexdale, 
Ontario. PH# 416-675-6464, FAX 416-675-6465. 
Email: info(«srknives.com Visa & AM EX and 
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COLLECTOR GRADE Knives- Queen, Schatt &. 
Morgan, Ka-Bar, Robeson, Remington and Case. We 
stock knifepaks and rolls. Send $2 for our catalog. 
S&S & Sons Cutlers, POB 501C, Lomrta, CA 90717 
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Emmerson, Microtech. Kershaw and many more. Free 
catalog. Sooner State Knives. 401 E. Main, Konawa. 
OK 74849. 580-925-3708 VISA/MC. http:// 
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FOR SALE Custom made knives. Call for free 
brochure. Scotl 310-377-B609, leave message 

GREEN RIVER Knives, stag, ivory micarta, buffalo 
horn, oak, with sheaths. Brochure $1 York Mountain 
Enterprises, RD2 Box 272B Dept. B, Pittsfield. PA 

HUGE INVENTORY of Benchmade, Buck. Case, 
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and autos (if qualified). Our 525-page catalog only 
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FALCON IMPEX. 8555 115tb St., Suite A4, 
Richmond Hills, NY 11418. Importer of pocket, 

hunting, bowie, sword, fishing knives, daggers. E-mail 
Faleonimpexfri msn.com, 888-839-2709. lax 718- 


KNIFE LIST: Usually 200+ old/ new/ discontinued 
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1426 S. 167IH St., Omaha, NE 68130. 

KNIVES PLUS (TM), retail cutlery and cullery 
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Wesson, Kershaw, SOG and many more. Same day 
shipping on most orders placed by 12:00 CST. Visa, 
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list of ..■■•! ■■"' Antique Knives Including Ka-Bai 

Grizzly. Presto, Flylock, Case. Remington. Lalama. 
Italian pick locks and many more brands. Send $3.00 
refundable with firsl order. Skelton Enterprise, Jerry 
Skellnn. 3795 Hwy. 188, Alamo, TN 38001. 901- 
656-2443. Request list "S". 

SINCE 1943, Ivory, rough gems, metals, epoxies, 
abrasives, engraving tools and more. Mention Blade 
for your set of catalogs. Indian Jewelers Supply Co., 
601 East Coal Ave.. Gallup, NM 87301. http:// 

SPYDERCO, BENCHMADE, Cold Steel + More. We 
sell 'em cheap. Largest selection, lowest prices, free 
catalog. Ruff's Knives Dept. BM, 20747 Wiygul Rd,, 
Umatilla, FL 32784. 352-669-5440, FAX 352-669- 
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THE WORLD'S Best Antique and Collectible Knife 
Catalog. Fully illustrated. 4 catalogs per year. 
Subscription rales: $8 USA and Possessions, $16 
Foreign. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Jim and 

Cindy Taylor, Box 624, Mansfield, MA 02048 USA. 
508-225-5157. 24 hour fax line 508-222-7644. 

Visit us on the web at: http-//www, knife-princess.com 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent 
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CUSTOM KNIVES by Hale. Towell, Fox, Hubbard, 
Crawford, M.H. Franklin. GJ, OGG. 11 pieces. Steal 
al $4,000. Lancaster, MA. 978-365-4610. 

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Cold Steel Provides 
Half-Serrated Blade 

Tb.e Cold Sice I Large Voyager comes 
with a choice of a hal r-scrrated tanto or 
modi llcd-e lip- point. A US- 8 A blade 
For more information contact Cold Steel, 
attn: L. Thompson, Dept. BLI, 2I2K-D Knoll 
Dr.. Ventura. CA "3003 (800) 255-4716. 


BOKER, GERBER, Buck and Swiss Army, bought 
appro*. 1980, many models of each, new condition. 
For free list call 613-332-5864 or E-mail to 
egailkdi northcom.net. For picture catalog send $5 
(per brand) to: G. Kettles, P0 Box 1301, Bancroft, 
Ontario. Canada KOL 1C0. 



SALES REPRESENTATIVE wanted. Importers for 
hunting/ sporting knives seeks established & 
aggressive sales representatives for all territories. 
Call/ mail or fax resume to: Sigma Impex Inc., 140 
Ethel Rd., Suite #A, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Ph. 
732-248-9696, fax 732-248-9666. Contact Roger 



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HEAT TREATING & deep sub-zero (minus 300 F) 

cryogenic quench. Rockwell testing & certificates 
available. Air quenchables steels only. Call toll-free 
888-461-8632 Texas Knilemakers Supply, 

HEAT TREATING/ oil hardening/ zone and clay 
tempering - all steels. Baa re I aw Knives, PO Box 
1391. La Porte, TX 77572-1391. Call for prices. 
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RANDALL COLLECTORS: The Randall Knife Club 
now has over 2,000 members and was formed with 
the approval of Randall Made Knives. Orlando. Your 
dues buys quarterly newsletter, classified ads. current 
news about Randails and more. Send $15 yearly dues 
to: The Randall Knife Society Inc.. PO Box 539. 
Roseland, FL 32957. 

CLIPs-IT Pocket Clip 
Attaches To Sheaths 

The Clips-It powder-coated stainless 
steel clip attaches to knife sheaths for 
pocket, clothing or gear carry. 
For more information contact Innovative 
Product Design, attn: D. Eberjer, Dept. 
BLI, 4708 Calle Rcina. Santa Barbara, CA 
WHO (805) 967-2401. 

Cameron Debuts 
Twist Damascus 

.on Cameron's locking-liner folder 
'sports a 1084 and I5N20 twist- 
kdamaseus blade, a white-bone handle. 

heat-colored liners and nickel-silver bolsters. 
For more information contact Ron 

Cameron, Dept. BLI, POB 183. Logandale, 

NV 89021 (702)398-3356. 



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spend hundreds of dollars on expensive belt grinders 
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rubber drum, change belts in minutes. Works on just 
about any bench grinder. These work as well as any 
belt grinder I've used. Start-up kit with 7 belts only 
$64.95. For more information call: RDR Knives 207- 

POWER HAMMER for sale: fifty pound Little Giant, 
new babbits, good dies, $2,000. J. Kennedy, 1010 
Barley Ln., Buckner, MO 64016. 816-650-3922, 

SHARKEY TIPPS. Tipp's Custom Knife Toolings, Hwy 
45 West, PO Box 218, Fairfield, IL 62387. Ph 618- 
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ANCIENT IVORY For Sale: Both fossil walrus and 
mammoth. Exceptional colors including blues and 
greens. Fantastic for knife handles, scrimshaw and 
carving. Rick B. Fields, 26401 Sandwich Place. Ml. 
Plymouth. FL 32776. Phone/ Fax 352-383-6270. 

ATTENTION KNIFE Makers! Find Out why so many of 
today's top knife makers supply their knives in our 
quality, American made pouches. We have fleece 
lined, vinyl, zippered pouches for folders, for $1.50 
each. Also available are pouches in leather, cordura, 
exotic skins, and contract sewing of cutlery related 
products. Call for tree information: Wilkinson 
Manufacturing, 1-800-587-2276. 

FOLDER SUPPLIES: Threaded pivot pins, screws, 
taps, inlays, reamers. R.B. Johnson, IBS Intl., PO Box 
11. Clearwater MN 55320. 320-558-6128. 

FOLDER SUPPLIES pivot pins, stainless and gold 
plated screws, titanium sheet. IBS Intl., R.B. 
Johnson, Box 11, Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-558- 

FOSSIL IVORY, Oosik, lossil bone. Send $2 for price 
list. April through October: Box 350, Ester, Alaska 
99725. November through March: Roland Quimby, 
Box 3175-RB, Casa Grande. Arizona 85222. Roland 

FREE LIST: Fossil walrus ivory, mammoth ivory, 
hippo ivory, oosiks, stellar seacow, mother of pearl, 
ancient bison, musk ox, dinosaur bone, mammoth 
bone, tortoise shell, fossil whale bone, baleen, moose 
antlers, caribou antlers, reindeer antlers, sheep horn, 
jade and gemstones Anchorage Cutlery, 801 Airport 
Heights. Suite 351. Anchorage, AK 99508. 907-277- 
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HAND FORGED Damascus blades and tomahawks by 
a full-time bladesmith. 166 layers of L6 and 1095- 
-triple quenched and triple tempered. Four inch stick 
tang, (trap point or skinners, $75. Eight inch Bowie, 
$185. Daggers and other patterns available. 
Tomahawks 3-3/4"x6-l/2" $300. Contact: Jerry 
Kennedy, 1010 Barley Ln.. Buckner. MO 64016. 

IVORY LEGAL African elephanl sold in full lusks or 
sections. Alan Zanotti, 20 Braunecker Rd.. Plymouth, 
MA 02360. 508-746-8552. 

IVORY PRE-BAN African elephant sold in slabs, tusk 
sections, and whole tusks. Warther Museum, 
Sugarcreek, OH 330-852-3455. 

MANKEL'S 130# shop anvils. Natural gas or propane 
tired shop forges. Tongs and hammers. Good used trip 
hammers. Call for prices. Mankel 616-874-6955. 

SPECIAL- TITANIUM 6AL4V..050, .063 perfect 4 
liner locks. .100 great for bolsters and scales, $21 
per pound other thicknesses available. Jim 619-448- 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your 
name, logo or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel 
stamps made to your specifications. "If it's worth 
making, it's worth marking." Established 1898, Henry 
A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., Providence. Rl 02905. 

TEXAS KNIFEMAKERS Supply, large mail order 
catalog available, Call toll-free 888-461-8632. 

TITANIUM 6AL4V, 063 perfect 4 large liner locks, 
.100 great for bolsters and scales, $21 pound other 
thicknesses Jim 619-448-2799. 

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CASE FOR sale: Tested, XX, USA, 70s, 80s, also old 
sets. We handle most German knives, new knives in 
case, Puma, Schrade, Baker, Bulldog, etc. Business 
since 1950. Robert Werner Co., 209 4 in St. SW, 
Cullman, AL 35055. 256-734-5291. 

SHARP STUFF. Be sure to visit Arizona's largest retail 
shop tor antique and custom knives, if you ever get to 
Tucson. Sharp Stuff is a lull cutlery shop. We buy, 
sell, and trade in the shop or at shows only. 3655 
North Camnbell Ave. at Prince. 520-881-0327. 

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CUSTOM LEATHER knife sheaths in your design or 
mine. Write or call: Robert Schrap. 7024 W. Wells 
St., Wauwatosa, Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 


FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and 
Mike Walker send their folders with one of these soft 
goatskin, ultrasuede lined slips. Five sizes for pocket 
or bell. Arne Mason, 125 Wlmer. Ashland, OR 
97520. 541-482-2260. fax 541-482-7785. 
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Specialty Whips and Plaiting, Find us at: 

www.whipcrackers.com, Free brochure, 877-973- 
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CUSTOM SCRIMSHAW by Juanita Rae Conover. 
Single or full color. Wildlife a specialty. Exceptional 

quality. Call for display pictures and turn around 
information. PO Box 70442, Eugene, Oregon 97401. 
541-747-1726 Or 541-543-4851. 


CANADIAN TRAPPER has bear, limber wolf, 
wolverine, linx, & other pelts for sale. Most can be 
mounted into rugs & live mounts. Professionally 
skinned, can be shipped, salted, tanned, or mounted. 
Will get all CITES & export permits. Also have trapline 
trips on about 200 miles of wilderness trails with 
snow machine. Dennis Wohlgemuth, Box 2 Sile 6 RR 
1, Crooked Creek, Alberta, Canada TOH OYO. 780- 

CUSTOM STABILIZATION: full acrylic impregnation 
of wood, bone, ivory, antler, doing Clear, dyeing of 8 
colors and now new double-dye processing. We sell 
stabilized wood handle material. Wood Stabilizing 
Specialists International. 800-301-9774. 

FRANCINE ETCHINGS. Custom etching service for 
knifemakers. Featuring a library of original and 
reproducible designs- many wildlife- also logos, 
signatures, your own concepts. Call for free brochure. 
800-557-1 525. http://www.francineetcriings.coni 

KNIFE DULL? Consider serration for long lasling 
sharpness. Custom cut. Prices start $18.95. Into,. $2 
to Mimna Designs, 36 Woods ide Drive, York, PA 



KNIFE CASES. Wood or glass, walnul, oak, cherry, 
Custom and standard sizes. Request 32 page catalog. 
Woodland Cases, 57890 CR29, Goshen, IN: 46528. 



FORGED 52100. Billets of 52100 forged from large 
diameter bars on our 20-ton pneumatic hammer. 
This tremendous reduction results in a dramatic 
improvement in grain size and structure. Fantastic 
reforming stock. Ideal for stock removal! Guaranteed 
analysis. No mystery metal! Surface grinding 
available. Satisfaction guaranteed! For prices, call 


FOR SALE: Antlers (deer, elk, moose}, buckskins, 
tanned furs, etc. Over 10,000 items, Complete 
internet catalog (pictures), http:rywww.hideandfur.com 

IVORY, SCRIMSHAW, skulls! Legal: Scrimshaw, 

carvings, elephant, walrus, hippo, warthog, mammoth 
ivory, oosik, stellar sea cow rib tone, pearl shell, 
horn, netsuke, Eskimo artifacts, pistol grips. 
scnmshaw supplies, raw ivory for knifemakers & 
artists, old trade heads, etc. Informative, Illustrated 
catalog mail- $1 . http://www.boonetrading.com or call 
800-423-1945! Boone Trading Company, Box 669 
(BD), Brinnon. WA 98320. 


A & J Enterprises 93 

AG. Russell Knives. Inc 128 

Adams International Knileworks 


Al Mar Knives 18 

American Bladesmith Society. ...94 
American Knife & Tool Inst ....100 

Americana Ltd 83 

Arizona Custom Knives ....127 

Arkansas Cuslom Knife Show. ..47 

Atlanta Cttllery 98 

Automatic Knife Outlel 92 




Beck's Cutlery & Specialties 

Best Knives 

Blggers. Gary 

Bison Blades SB 

Blade Art 17 

Blade Cover Knife Giveaway 9 

Black Show 2001 65 

Blade Sfiow West 101 

Blade-Tech Ind 51 

Bladegallery.com (3 

Blair. Jim 90 

Blanchard's Fine Cutlery 97 

Blue Ridge Knives 44,91 

Bob Dozier Knives 86 

BokerUSA 5 

Bowie Corporation 95 

Boye Knives _ „,.,96 

Burt K. Worldwide 28. 120 

Burke. Dan 83 

CAS. Iberia 140 

Camilfus Cutlery Co 63. 73 

CFI .37 

Chavar Custom Knives 95 

Chesapeake Knife Show 94 

Chris Reeve Knives 31 

Clem SCO 35 

Cliff Parker Knives .96 

Coleman, Keiih 93 


Collectibles Isurance Agency... 120 
Columbia River ...11. 51. 135, 137 
Craig Shellon Custom Knives.. ..95 

Crawford. Pat 88 

Criswell.Rob 53 

Crowder. Robert 98 

Cuslom Knife Company .47 

Davidson. Edmund 100 

Delta Z Knives 25 

Denton, J 83 

Dilluvio, Frank 94 

Discount Knives 29 

Edgecrafl Corporation 31 

Edges 2 Inc 86 

Elishewilz Custom Knives 96 

Emerson Knives 17 

Excalibur Cutlery & Gifts 86 

Fallkmven 55 

Finer Points 97 

Foxwood Forge 96 

FriedrDiek Corp 88 

Frost Cutlery 88 

G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co 95 

Gary Levine Fine Knives 55 

Gaston, Ron 129 

Gatco 14.131 

Ge rbe i Leg endaiy Blades 29 

Gigand Company Ltd 5 

GlendoCorp 67 

Good. D 94 

GRAD 19 

Grohmann Knives Ltd 36 

Gutmann Cutlery, Inc 3 


HagenOoc 86 

Halpern Tilanium 89 

Hamilton Hardware 36 

Hanna. Jack 88 

Harpei Manufacturing 96 

Horsetiead Creek Knives 99 


I magical Design 89 

Jantz Supply 48 

Johnson Ruflin 84 

joy Enterprises 6B, 69 

JTD Knives 92 

Jusl Knives 43 

Kantas Products Co. Ltd 68, 69 

Kellam Knives Co 8 

Kencrest/Hara ..93 

Kershaw Knives 7, 57, 71 

KlOIZli Burgdorf 35. 91 

Knife & Gun Finishing Sup plies .60 

KnileArt.com 92 

Knlle Center of ifie Internet 84 

Knife Gullet 90 

Knife Professional 97 

Knives of Alaska 32 

Knives ot Europe 115 

Knives Plus 137 

Kopromed USA ,39 

Koval Knives & Supplies 90 

Kris Cutlery .89 

La usky Sharpeners 63 

Las Vegas Classic Knife Show ..53 

Lay's Custom Knives 97 

LMS Stamping Co 92 

Lotiman Company 84 

Lone Star Wholesale 86 


Magnum USA 88 

Mantis Inc 61 

Marble Arms Corp 133 

Masecratt Supply , 95 

Maxwell, Don 100 

McConnell. Loyd 94 

Midwest Gun Exchange.34. 45, 56 

Mission Knives & Tools 87 

Moteng International Inc. 

.74, 75, 76. 77. 78, 79. 30, 81, 82 

Mother ot Pearl Company 67 

Mun & McDonald 116 


N.I.C.A. 16 

NC Tool Company 86 

New York Custom Knife Show ..57 

Newsletter 85 

Nordic Knives 73 

Northwest Knives 21 

0S0 Grande Knife 4 Tool 43 

Outdoor Edge Cutlery Corp 60. 61 

Paragon Industries 94 

Paragon Sporting Goods Co. Inc. 

„ 116 

Perkins. Sean 96 

Plaza Cutlery 98 

Pro Cut 20 

Puller. Martin 89 

Sawby, Scott ..85 

Sentry Solutions Ltd 41 

Selofculleiy 91 

Sharn Eagle 127, 129 

Sheffield Knile makers Supply Inc. 


Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Simonich Custom Knives 100 

Skylands Cutlery 91 

Smith Abrasives, Inc 117 

Smoky Mountain Knile Works Inc 

SOG Specially Knives Ini. i ' 1 

South Summit 30 

Southern California Blades 44 

Spyderco 32 

Szilaski. Joseph 90 

Texas Knileirtakers Supply .135 

Thotindog Forge 89 

Tim O'Brien Digital Photograph .86 

Timves 41 

Titanium Distribution Service.. 128 

To The Hilt.com 97 

Tops 85,89 

Treeslump Leather 99 

Tru-Gril 84 

Tru- Hone Corporation 91 


Ultra Speed Products 88 

Uniled Cutlery 15 

Vagnino, Michael 91 

Voyles. J. Bruce 88 


W. Fagan & Co 90 

WOW. Distribution 93 

W.R.. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. 139 

Where To Net/Em 99 

White Lighlning 24 

William Henry Knives 25, 71 

Wolverine Knile Collectors CI ...96 

Santa Fe Stoneworks 129 1 Stop Knife Shop 93 

Randall Mafle Knives 83 

Reba's Enterprises 85 

Red Hill Corporation 85 

Reddick Enterprises 85 

RFG Dislribulii'q -13 

Riverside Machine 100 

Rufl's Saddle Shop Knife Sales,B4 

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BLADE/ 111 

■ By Wayne Goddard 
BLADE® field editor 

The Last Column 

The author signs off in his final "All About Grinders" 
segment of "BLADE Workshop" 

y homemade grinder series wraps 
iup with this installment of "All 
L About Grinders." 1 have gotten 
some good reports from HI t/)E» readers 
who have made machines after reading the 
series. Two readers have built a basic 
machine using the principal features of my 
"Big Red" grinder (see page 122. September 
BLADE: page 66. October BLADE; and 
page 81. November BLADE). Finding 
contact and drive wheels at a reasonable 
price seems to be the No. I problem in 
building the homemade machines: finding 
motors and scrap steel is the easy part. 

I have done a survey of all the machines 
available and compared the features and 
prices. Of all the basic two-wheel machines, 
the Coote is the best for the money. Before 
going any further, let's gel die name right. 
Coote rhymes with toot — the "e" is silent. 
The Coote grinder has been made for quite a 
few years and a number of my friends have 
one, The Coote machine is more common in 
the Pacific Northwest than the rest of the 
country because it is made here. My knife- 
maker friend, Chris Lindsay, was a dealer 
for Coote when he owned North West Knife 
Supply, The first Coote grinder I saw was in 
his shop and, i I" 1 remember right, that was 
before he was in the supply business. There 
are a few grinders that sell for less but they 
are not of the same high quality. You get to 
furnish your own motor with the Coote and 
thai can save you quite a bit of money. Also, 
the Coote is belt driven, which means it can 
be set up to run any speed within the safety 
range of the contact wheel. 

Coote offers a 2X48 model with a 6- 
inch contact wheel for $285 (all prices 
herein are manufacturer's suggested retail). 

112/ BLADE 

The 2X72 model with a 6-inch contact 
wheel is 53 It). $385 with an 8-inch contact 
wheel and S395 for the l()-ineh model. 
Some good news is thai Coote will sell ihe 
contact wheels by themselves. The 2X6 is 
S67, the 2X8 is S86 and the 2XK) is S105. 
For a brochure or to order contact N.E. 
Coote. Dept. BLI, 23 I Mats View Road. 
Port Ludlow, WA 98365 (360) 437-0366. 

"I plan on being back 
with "BLADE Work- 
shop" features from 
time to time." — the 


If you want plans for a true professional - 
use machine, plans for [he META- 
GRINDER are available for $34.90 
(postpaid) from Franco Guerri. c/o MF.TA- 
GRINDER. P.O. Box 2037, Dept. BLI. 
Whitefish, MT 59937 (406) 862-4868. It is 
a versatile and heavy-duty grinder that has 
features of three machines in one. Wiih a 
double-ended motor it can drive both the 
contaci wheel and the small-wheel unit ai 
the same time (one on each side of the 
machine). Franco also has plans for a heat- 
ireating furnace. ($24.95) and will sell you a 
UJ-siep, programmable controller for it for 

My current grinder project is an ultra- 
slow machine that will save time hand 
rubbing blades. The hasis is an 1 8-rpm gear 
molur with an 8-meh drive wheel on it. The 
bell moves over a platen that sits parallel lo 

the bench lop. The platen is set up litis way 
in order to make i he contact between blade 
and platen visible. There is no contact wheel 
as such, only a tungsten carbide "nose" that 
ihe belt runs over. A cork-impregnated- 
wtih-graphite-on-eanvas material covers ihe 

I have a similar setup lhal hooks onto 
my slow-speed deiail machine, bui it runs 
too last and dial causes the belts to overheat 
It can be opera led for only a couple of 
minutes without a rest period to let it cool 
down. The slower speed of my new machine 
should allow a longer running time without 
ihe overheating problem. There is no reason 
thai spray coolant could noi be used with 
waterproof micron bells, and 1 will defi- 
nitely be experimenting with lhal. 

A future project is a foot-powered belt 
grinder-hard wheel grinder-buffer-drilling 
maehine-and-laihe all in one. t hope lo write 
up these two machines once they are 
finished and running. 

I his installment nl the "All \htuil 
Grinders" segment of "BLADE Workshop" 
is the last one I will do as a regular feature. 
The writing has cut into my knifemaking 
time a lot more than I intended at ihe begin- 
ning. Nine years of the monthly deadlines 
have worn me out. A good way for me to 
put it is thai I enjoy the writing but not the 
deadlines 'Mm'tine neM month I will he 
doing only the "Question & Answer" 
BLADE feature on a regular basis. If i can 
get ahead on my knife work, 1 plan on being 
back with "BLADE Workshop" features 
from time to time. 



\i>ic: Slum i event* market! with an asterisk (*) haw knives as the main item. BLADE'S® 
"Show Calendar" also can be seen on BLADE's web site at www.blademag.com. 


Oct. 28-29 McKinney. IX North Texas Knife 
Show on Third Monday Trade Days grounds. 
Contact Darrell Lewis (972) 562-5466 

www.lm.td, coin.* 


\nv, 4-5 Mt. Vernon, IL Mt. Vernon Knife 

Show Lit Roland lewis Comnuuii!; Dldg. Contact 
Nancv m I any Hancock. Dept. 131.1. 12193 E. 
Iiimei. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4514.* 

Nov. 4-5 Frankfurt, GERMANY German Knife 
Show. Contact Harvey Silk. Dept. BLI, Poslfaeh 
1166, 64343 Griesheim, Germany 49 6155-2231 
fex 49 6 1 55-2433.* 

15931 (814) 472-5520 e-mail 


Jan. 26-28 Novi, Ml Wolverine Knife Collectors 
Club Show at Novi Expo Center. Contact Frank 
Meek [810) 264-2031 or Pal Donovan (810) 247- 
sxs; or the show c/o 14543 Yale, Dept. BLI. 
Sterling I Its.. Ml 48313.* 


Feb. 2-4 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Classic KniTe 
Show at the Riviera Hotel. Contact Laurence 

( iiuy 1 775 J 553-2233 web site: www.lvcks.com.* 

Fel>. 10-11 Little Rock, AR Arkansas ( ustom 
Knife Show at the Hilton Inn. Contact David 
F.tchieson (501) 513-1019.* 

April 21-22 Eugene, OR Oregon Knife Collec- 
tors 26th Annual Show at Performance I tall. Lane 
County Convention Center. Contact Dennis 
Ftlingsen (541) 484-5564.* 

MAY 2001 

.May 4-6 Vlonkton, MD Appalachian Knifemak- 
crs Rendezvous. Contact Ted Merchant (410) 
343-0380 web site: www.knifcshows.com.* 

May 26-27 Melbourne, Australia Australian 
Knifentakcrs Guild Show. Contact Tasmati 
Kerley, POB 659, Dept. BLI, Belgrave. 3160, 
Victoria. Australia phone fox 03 9754 6740 web 
siie: www.akg.org.au.* 

JUNE 2001 

Nov. 111-12 New York, NY 23rd Annual New 
York Custom Knife Show at The Sheraton New 
York Hotel. Contact Paul Tausig (516) 781-5515 
or (516) 549-5191 .* 

Nov. II Franklin. TN 5th Annual Williamson 

Countv Knife Show at The Factory. Call Gary 
t apaldi (615) 791-8601.* 

\o\. 11-12 Tacoma, WA Northwest Knife 
Collectors Knife Show at Freighthouse Square. 
For more information call (253) 927-3909.* 

Nov. 18-19 Clavvson. Ml Wolverine Knife 
Collectors Club Fall show at Knights of Colum- 
bus I kill. Contact frank Meek (8J0) 264-2031 or 
Pat Donovan (8101 247-5883.* 

Nov. 25-26 Temecula. CA California Knifemak- 
ers Association Show at Lmhassy Suites Hotel. 

Contact Jim Ferguson (909) S02-0267 or Barry 
Posner (818) 752-8005.* 


Nov, 30-Dec, 2 Pigeon Forge, TN Greatest Knife 
Show On Earth #20, Contact Parkers" Knife 
Collector Service, aim: E. Henley. Dept. Hi. I. 

I'ttB 2.1522. Chattanooga, TN .17422 (423) 892- 

Dec. 9- HI St Charles, MO Heart of America 
Show #1 1 ai the American Legion Contact Mike 
Helms, Dept. BLI. 310 Andrews Trail, St. Peters. 
MO 63376 (636) 928-5775.* 

Dee. Ill Timoniiini. Mil Chesapeake Knife Show 
ai ihe Holiday Inn. Contacl led Merchant i4Hn 
;,4 3-03S0 web site: www Jotifeshows.com.* 


.Liu. 19-21 Chattanooga. TN NKCA Chat- 
tanooga Show at Hamilton County Convention Ai 

Trade Center. Contact the NKCA Business Office 

Jan. 20-21 Roanoke. VA Roanoke Valley Gun 

Show ill Roanoke Civic Center. Contact Show- 

roasters, Dept. BLI. POB 416, Ebensburg, PA 

Feb. I6-l« Lakeland. FL Gator Cutlery Club 

23rd Annual Knife Show al the Lakeland Center. 
Contacl Dan Piergallini (813) 754-3908.* 

Feb. 24 Springfield, MO Knife Club of the 
Ozarks Spring Fever Show at Chestnut Hill. 
Contact Randy Long (417) 581-2835 fax (417) 

MARCH 2001 

March 17-IK Godfrey. IL Bunker Hill Knife 
Club Show at River Bend Arena. Lew-is & Clark 
Community College. Contact Dale Rice, Dept. 
HI I. 108 Picked, Uethalro. IL 62010 (618) 377- 

March 18-19 Tacoma, WA Northwest Knife 

Collectors Club Show al Freighthouse Square. 
Call (253) 927-3909 Tor info.* 

March 23-25 .lantsvilk-, Wl IXth Annual Badger 
Knife Show al the Holiday Inn Express and 
Jancsvillc Conference Center. Contact Bob 
Schrap. Dept. BLI. POB 511. Elm Grove. Wl 
53122 (414) 479-9765 e-mail rschrapwaol.com.* 

March 23-25 Covington, KY NKCA Cincinnati 
Show at the Northern Kentucky I oiivenliou 
Center. Contact the NKCA Business Office (423) 

March 24-25 Palo Verdcs, CA ABS West 2001 
Hammer-In. Frnply Saddle Club. Limited to 30 
attendees. Contact Bill Herndoii. Dept. BLI, 
32520 Michigan St.. Aeton, Ca. 93510 (661) 269- 
5860 e-mail hhemdoii waol.com.* 

APRIL 2001 

April 7-8 Mississauga. Ontario. Canada ( ana- 
dian Knifemakcrs Guild Knife Show. Contact 
Wally Hayes (613) 824-9520* 

April 20-22 Louisville, KY NKCA Louisville 
Show at the Holiday Inn South Convention 

( enter. Contacl the NKCA Business Office (4231 

June tt-ll) Marietta. GA 20lh Annual BLADE 
Show & International Cutlery Pair, Cobh (iallena 
Centre. 1-285 & US 41. one exit off 1-75 across 
from the Cumberland Mall & adjacent lo the 
Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The world's largesl 
combined show of handmade, antique & factory 
knives. Over 520 tables and 100 factory booths. 
Join Bill Moran, Spydcrco, Ernie Emerson. Buck 
Knives. Wayne Goddard. Bcnchmade USA. 
Frank Centofatnc and many other grcal national 
and international makers, collectors and knife 
lovers. Site of the annual ABS meeting & special 
Knifemakcrs* Guild section. Seminars include 
ABS forging and culling demos, the siaie-of-lhe- 
arl in knives and steels, & many others. Sile of 
the Blade Magazine 2001 Knife-Of-The-Year 
Awards" for factory knives, points for Ihe 2001 
BLADFhandinadc" 1 ' Awards. Blade Magazine 
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more. Contact BLADE Magazine®, c'o Krausc 
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JULY 2001 

July 6-8 Springfield, MO NKCA Springfield 
Show at O/ark Lin pi re fairgrounds |--plc\ 
Contact ihe NKCA Business Office (423) 892- 

July 27-29 Orlando, FL 32nd Annual Knifemak- 
crs' Guild Show at Ihe Orlando Marriolt. Coin.ici 
Al Pendray. Depl. BLI, 13950 NE 20th. Willis- 
ton, FL 32696 (352) 528-6124.* 

To ensure timely publication of your 

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BLADE k reauests that van send all 
pertinent information concerning your 
show in written form -dates, locutions-, 
etc. at least three months he/are the 
show lakes place lo Krause Publications, 
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$4945 (715) 445-2214 fax (715) 445- 
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BLADE/ 113 

Knife Gems 

"All my knives 

are hand finished 

like jewelry." 

— George Dailey 


precious metals, 
inlay, carving 





high-end cutlers 
craft pieces that 
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Jewelers Turned 
Knifemakei . ! 

By Mike Haskew 

The gems tones in John Lewis Jensen's "Invoca- 
tion" (top) Include green, blue/green and chrome 
green tourmalines, sapphire and green sapphire, 
citrine, garnet, and peridot, all set in 18k yellow 
gold with additional details in 18k yellow gold. 
The blade Is 1095/A203E low-layer, loose-twist 
damascus by Daryl Meier. (Jensen photo) 

With years of experience in making jewelry, a number of artisans are 
demonstrating a natural progression — their "bridge" to knifemaking. 
Dazzling works of an combine the elements of design, craftsman- 
ship and elegance thai make a knife, ring, pendant or brooch come alive. 

The focus for j ewe lers- tu rued -knife makers is cutlery, but the training and 
experience of these artisans shows through every lime. "My jewelry back- 
ground has helped to sharpen my design ability in knives, particularly with 
embellishments and handwork," explained George Dailey. who turned 
completely to making knives four years ago. "'As a jeweler I was a prototype 
maker. I would lake a design and carry it through to the actual finished proto- 
type piece, so l had to have knowledge of all the aspects of jewelry making." 

Dailey considers the building of each oThis knives an exercise similar to 
making a jewelry prototype. "There are always challenges in knifemaking. 


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"Exotica" by George Daitey is inlaid with diamonds in gold. The handle is fluted mother- 
of-pearl and the blade is a Turkish/random/Turkish-clad damascus by Daryi Meier. Over- 
all length: 10 1/2 inches. (Burak photo) 

"Knives take a lot 

longer to make than 


— Dellana 

and the skill of making knives is neat 
because ol" the directions you might lake."' 
he said. "All my knives are hand finished 
tike jewelry. 1 must have 50 files within 
aim's reach on m\ bench because I use so 
many of them in finishing." With lisi prices 
for his pieces ranging from £2,500 to 
55,000, Dailey is currently collaborating on 
a dagger with bladesmith Rick Dunkerley. 

George prides himself on deiail work. 
"I'm very comfortable with gold work, and 1 
know right where ii is going." he 
commented. "For people doing an knives, 
using gold and jewels is a way of" standing 
apart from the crowd." 

Dailey has had little trouble getting 
noticed, winning the Best Folder Award at 
the Florida Art Knife Invitational in 1998 
with an 11-inch folding dagger called 
"Charisma." Inside the folder's ease, a si rip 
of gold can be seen holding precious stones 

all the way across. 

A summer course on mela Ism i thing at 
Skidmore College in New York got Dellana 
started in her jewelry career. Subsequently. 
she saw the work of the late Jim Schmidt 
and found new avenues of expression with 
knives. "I really like using the same materi- 
als, but I love to forge damascus." she 
commented. "The creation of that materia! 
was something 1 didn't know 1 was missing 
until I got into knives." 

Dellana' s talent wits recognized with 
BLADFhaudmade™ Hess of Show and Best 
Folder awards in 1 998. and Best of Show 
and Best Folder honors at the 1999 Bl.ADF 
Show. She also won Best of Show at the 
East Coast Custom Knife Show in 1997 and 
1998, What's more, she is one of only 25 
knii'emakers in the prestigious Art Knife 
Invitational a group that includes or has 
included such makers as Schmidt, Bill 
Moran, Bob Loveless, (ii! llibben. H.H. 
Frank and others held every other year in 
October at the San Diego Yacht Club in San 
Diego. California. 

"I've always had a fascination with fold- 
ing knives," Dellana staled. "They're like 
toys because they move and click. I was 
used to working with fine tolerances and 
knew how to finish a piece because of my 

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jewelry background, hut the toughest thing 
for mc about making knives has been that 
they take a lot longer 10 make than jewelry. 
You have to get all the elements together 
and make them work correctly. After the 
damascus is made, it takes an average of 
about a hundred hours for me to make a 
knife. I have made one fixed blade and have 
some plans for art daggers in the future, but 
I love the folders." 

Dellana credits husband and fellow 
award-winning knifemaker. Van Barnetl. 
with expanding her creative horizons by 
showing her how to do gold inlay. These 
days, her devotion to knives limits the lime 

"Working with jewelry 

is on such a small 
scale, knives provide a 
much larger palette." 

— John Lewis Jensen 

available to make jewelry, except for family 
and friends. Her list prices for her knives 
generally run from S2.500 to S 1 0,000. 

A Larger Palette 

John Lewis Jensen says that the fit and 
finish work are greatly enhanced on his 
knives because of his experience in jewelry 
technique and mclalsnnthiny learned at the 
Rhode island School of Design. "It's part of 
being comfortable working with high-end 
materials and not being afraid to screw 
things up," he laughed. '"It's the real kind of 
perfectionist dedication to fine tune things 
and gel them perfect. Working with jewelry 
is on such a small scale that knives provide 
a much larger palette for the artist. 1 still 
have the eye to do the small work, and to do 
that in knives is very satisfying. A customer 
may buy a knife from me and call two 
weeks later to tell mc he jus! noticed some- 
thing else that I had done on the piece. That 
makes both (he collector and me feel good." 
While he has not made jewelry in years, 
crafting a damascus. gold and sapphire ring 
is on Jensen's back burner. Both his knives 
and his jewelry contain only the very best 
materials. "1 like gold, precious gems, tita- 

More Jewelers- 

Other knifemakers who were arc 
jewelers and/or goldsmiths include 
David Goldberg, Zaza Revtshvili. 
Arthur Soppera and Scott Taylor. There 
ace no doubt others, If you know of" any. 
please tell us. (For more on Revtshvili, 

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nium and fossil ivories. The materials arc 
what excite me the most," lie related. 
"Ninety percent of the damascus steel I use 
is custom made bj Daryl Meier or < onnj 
Persson. I'll work with them before the steel 
is made by sending them a drawing of the 

In many ways Jensen considers his 
knives to be sculpture. He incorporates a lot 
of color into his work and averages about 20 
stones per piece. Techniques such as a 
"cutaway" view from the side also help to 
set his knives apart. His list prices stan at 

For 20 years Bill Mcllenry owned a 
family goldsmith ing business but when he 
saw the custom knife collection of Tom 
Haydu. owner of Tomway Boxes, his direc- 
tion changed, "i was stunned by that collec- 
tion." M die n ry re called. "Th esc were 
Walker, Lake and Busficld models, and 
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With jewelry experience in die making, 
Robert Weinstock's requirement for 
perfection is second nature. His intri- 
cately handcarved and chased folder is 
A-2 tool steel throughout. Closed length: 
-4 1/4 inches. (Point Seven photo) 


Haydu encouraged Me Henry to read 
BLADE k and two years later Bill was a 
full-time knifemaker. In addition to high- 
end art knives, he is fascinated with 
mechanics and has collaborated on such 
innovative mechanisms as ihe Axis lock 
with Jason Williams for Beiichmadc. 

"The mechanics were addictive," 
Mcllenry said. "Making a knife walk-and- 
talk is an an form in itself. In the beginning 
the toughest part was finding a niche, 
getting my name known and having the 
stamina to do the shows and develop a 
following. We were in it up to our eyeballs" 

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niques on his initial work, but has begun to 
blend traditional materials with titanium, 
gold, silver and cameo-style has relief carv- 
ing. After a decade of knifemaking, he is not 
currently accepting custom orders, "We've 
built up a really solid business in high-end 
mechanical art knives," he said, "We pretty 
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David Goldberg is a former jeweler who underwent a kind of double transition — first to a 
maker of high-end folders and then to his current specialty, Japanese swords. His cane 
sword features a damascus blade and fluted handle and scabbard. (PointSeven photo) 

things like filcwork on damascus steel with 
titanium technology." 

A familiarity u ith the machinery used to 
produce twill knives and jewelry helped Hub 
Wetnstoek bridge lo kiiifctnakiug. Most of 
his jewelry experience is in die making, and 
the requirement for perfection is second 
nature. "'I used lathes and grinders in my 
jewelry work, and was also careful with 
layout and execution," he explained. "It had 
to be just right in making the dies for things 
like rings to be stamped out correctly, and 
that kind of care has carried over into 
making knives." 

In 1 997, Wetnstoek captured a BLADF- 
handma.de Award for Best Folder, liis tin ce- 

ll lade whiltler represented a triumph. '"The 
mechanisms for folders are challenging." he 
noted. "Although they seem like they should 
be really simple, they are a lot more diffieull 
than you might think. It's not that easy to 
make it work right. The scale of a knife is 
another challenge. As a jeweler I worked on 
a small scale, and a knife is much larger." 

Weinstock is currently working on a 
pendant, his first piece of jewelry since 
1 994. "With knives. I'm doing a lot with 
Devin Thomas's high-carbon damascus," he 
said. "I like the damascus with a low nickel 
content so that I can make an etch which is 
very subtle," 

A student of ornament and design. 

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"We're combining 
things like filework on 

damascus steel with 

titanium technology." 

-Bill McHenry 

Weinsloek funis inspiration lor his work in 
nature and architecture. 1 1 is list prices range 
from $2,000 to $5,000. 

While jewelers-turned-cutlers share an 
artistic link, the making of jewelry and 
knives is a distinctive 1'orm of expression. 
One complements the other, and these prac- 
ticed experts see their work through a fresh 

For the contact information for the knives 
in the story, see "Where To Gel 'Em" on 
page 123. 


An ardent disciple of the late Jim 
Schmidt, Deliana handled her 
folder with pyrite crystals in jet. 
The bolsters are 14k green gold 
and the lockbar is inlaid with 
diamonds. Closed length: ~3 1/4 
inches. (PointSeven photo) 




Bench made Knife Company, attn: L. 
de Asis, Depl. BLl, 30(1 Beavercreek. 
Oregon City, OR, 97045 (503) 655- 
6004 web site: www.benehmade.com 
e-mail: in I o (w b e n c h m a d e . c o m : 
Harold "Kit" Carson. Dept. BLl, 
1076 Brizendine, Vine Grove, KY, 
40175 (270) 877-6300 web site: 
www.carsonknives.com e-mail: 
carsonknives@kvnet.org; Columbia 
River Knife & Tool, attn: P. Gillespie. 
Dept. BLl, 9720 SW Hillman. Ste. 
805, Wilsonville, OR 97070 (800) 
891-3100 web site: www.crkt.com e- 
mail: info@crkt.com; Emerson 
Knives, Inc., attn: E. Emerson, Dept. 
BLl, POB 4180. Torrance, CA 90510- 
4180 (310) 542-3050 web site: 
www.emersonknives.com e-mail: 
eknives@ aol.com; Darrel Ralph, 
Dept. BLl, 4185 S State Rt. 605, 
Galena, OH 43021 (740) 965-9970 
web site: www.darrelralpli.com e-mail: 
browzer@ infinet.com: Spvderco, 
attn: J. Laituri, Dept. BLl, POB 800, 
Golden, CO 80403 (800) 525-7770 
web site: www.spyderco.com e-mail: 


Chas Clements, Dept. BLl, 1741 
Dallas, Aurora, CO 80010 (303) 364- 
0403: Blackie Collins Design, attn; B. 
Collins, POB 100, Dept. BLl. North, 
SC 29112 (803) 568-2444; Blade- 
Tech, attn: T. Wegner, Dept. BLl. 
3060 S. 96th. Tacoma. WA 98499 
(253) 581-4347; John Dennehv, Dept. 
BLl, POB 431, Wellington, CO 
80549-0431 (phone n/a); Eagle Indus- 
tries, attn: John and Gretchen Carver, 
Dept. BLl. 400 Biltmore Dr., Ste. 530, 
Fenton. MO 63026 (314) 343-7547); 
Edge-Works, attn: S. Evans, Dept. 
BLl, 1171 Halltown, Jacksonville, NC 
28546 (910) 455-9834; John Greco, 
Dept. BLl, 100 M attic Jones, Greens- 
burg, KY 42743 (502) 932-3335; GC 
Custom Leather, attn: G. Cubic, 
Dept. BLl, 10561 E. Deerfield, 
Tucson, AZ 85749 (520) 760-5988; 

George Lawrence Leather Co., attn: 
C. Ide, Dept. BLl, 709 E. McNeil, 
Lillington, NC 27546 (919) 893-2627; 
Liz McGowan, Dept, BLl, 12629 
Howard Lodge, Sykcsvillc. MD 21784 
(410) 489-4323; Kenny Rowc, Dept. 
BLl, 1406 W. Ave. C, Hope, AR 
71801 (870) 777-8216; S&S Enter- 
prises, attn; F, Sigman, Dept. BLl, 
POB 589, Granite Falls. NC 28630 
(828) 396-1266; Bob Schrap. Dept. 
BLl, 7024 W. Wells, Wauwatosa, Wl 
53213 tax (414) 784-2946; Sherman's 
Custom Leather, Dept. BLl, Landon 
Hill, Cheslertown, NY 12817 (518) 
494-2057; Tandy Leather Co., Dept. 
BLl, POB 791. Fort Worth. TX 76101 
(817) 551-9770; Treestump Leather, 
attn: C. Kravitt, Dept. BLl, HC 31, 
Box 6484, Ellsworth, ME 04605 (207) 

George Dailey. Dept. BLl. 577 
Lincoln, Seekonk, MA 02771 (508) 
336-5088; Deliana, Dept. BLl, 168 
Riverbend. St. Albans, WV 25177 
(304) 727-5512: David Goldberg. 
Dept. Bl.l. I 120 Blvth. Blue Bell, PA 
19422 (215) 654-71 17; John Lewis 
Jensen, Depl. BLl, 138 Medway St., 
2nd Floor, Providence, RI 02906 (401) 
351-5838; Bill McHenry, Dept. BLl, 
Box 67. Wyoming. Rl 02898 (401) 
539-8353; Arthur Soppera, Morgen- 
talstr. 37. POB 708. Dept. BLl. CH- 
8038 Zurich, Switzerland, / 1-482 86 
12; Robert Weinstock, Dept. BLl, 
Box 39, 520 Frederick. San Francisco, 
CA 941 17 (415) 731-5968 

A.T. Barr. POB 828, Dept. BLl. 
Nicholasville, KY 40340 (606)885- 
1042; Gary Levine. POB 382, Dept. 
BLl, Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 
238-5748; John Perry, 9 S. H artel 1 
Rd., Dept. BLl, Mayflower, AR 72106 
(501) 470-3043: Jerry Schroeder, 
5862 Weston Ct.. Dept. BLl. Cincin- 
nati. OH 45248 (513) 574-3154; 
Shane Taylor, 18 Broken Bow Ln., 
Dept. BLl, Miles City, MT 59301 
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BLADE/ 121 

Photos by Jim Weyer 

C n Sweet 

Small fixed blades offer an 
economy of cut and style. 
Often outfitted with a single 
guard or a bolster or 
handle swell that 
serves as same, 
such pieces are 
equal parts short 
and sweet. 

(Left) Short is the 440C 
blade of the Lothar Berg 
integral, and sweet is the 
stag handle. His 
address: 37 Hillcrest 
Ln., Dept. 8L1, 
Kitchener, Ontario, 
Canada N2K IS9 
(519) 745-3260. 

(Above) Larry 
Page offers his drop- 
point hunter with a 3 1 /9-inch blade 
and an ivory handle scrimshawed by Sandra Brady. 
Page's address: 165 Rolling Rock Rd., Dept. BL1, 
Aiken, SC 29603 (803) 646-0001. 

122 /BLADE 


(Right) George Roberts built this one with an East 

em arctic flavor, including a 3 3/4-Inch ATS-34 

blade, a mastodon ivory handle and a 

nickel silver bolster. His address: POB 

31228, Dept. BL1, Whitehorse. 

Yukon Territories, Canada 



(Right) John Conn's Model 3 fixed blade relies 

on a 2 7/8-inch ATS-34 blade and a 

desert-ironwood handle. His 

address: POB 28, Dept. 8L1, 

Gaston. SC 29503 (803) 

796-3515. rO*** 1 

(Below) From butt to tip, John Young's piece 
measures 7 inches overall with a 440C blade, 
an ironwood handle and a 416 stainless steel 
bolster. His address: 483 E. 400 S, Dept. 
BU, Ephraim, UT 84627 (435) 283-4555. 


(Below) One of a set of six knives, Larry Downing's 
steak knife is tastefully beset with a 3 3/4-inch blade 
and a mammoth-ivory handle. Each handle features 
a different African wildlife scene scrimmed by 
Sandra Brady — in this case, an elephant in its 
natural habitat. Downing's address: 12268 Hwy. 181 
N. Dept. BU, Bremen, KY 42325 (270) 525-3523. 


BLADE/ 123 


zaza Revishvili 




By Butch Winter 

"For Georgians, until the 

Soviet era, daggers and 

sabers were a part of the 

traditional clothing.' 

— Zaza Revishvili 



One of Revishvili $ many collaborations is this elegant piece done in concert with Gil 
Hibben. Gil ground the blade from Devin Thomas stainless damascus. The silver filigreed 
handle and sheath, inlaid with garnets, are by Zaza. Overall length: 1 1.S inches. (Point- 
Seven photo) 

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f"7aza Revishvili was bom in the Georgia on 
/ ilic other side ul' the world, the Georgia in 
Z— (the Caucasus Mountains, the one that lies 
between Russia, the Black Sea, Turkey and 
Azerbaijan, onee a member of the now-defunct 
Soviet Union. It is a land that has been fought 
over — and fought for— since lime immemorial. 
Georgia has been invaded by (/recks, 
Romans, Persians, Turks, Arabs, ( iermans 
and Mongols, to name a lew. And, if one 
wants to go back far enough, the llittites 
might have been the first of all the 
invaders. With that much strife and 
turmoil in its history, there is no 
wonder thai Georgia has developed 
such an attachment to the daggers 
and swords of warfare rather than 
the cutting edge of the workman. Jn 
fact, as Revishvili says, "For Georgians, 
until die Soviet era, daggers and sabers were a 
part of the traditional clothing." 

As miglit be expected. Zaza's homeland has 
a strong influence on the style of his work. He 
makes swords and daggers, for instance, dial 
relied the traditional blades of the Caucasus. 
The kamu (also qumu) or kimijat, the famous 
dagger of" the region, is a particular Revishvili 

But — and this is a big but — Zaza's creations 
arc not the lypes of blades one mighl expect to 
find on the ordinary warrior. No, anyone carry- 


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edge blades that at one time 
were carried universally in the 
Caucasus. The blades of the 
larger pieces are J 6 Inches 
long. The handles and scab- 
bards aw covered In the 
maker's trademark sliver fili- 
gree. (Weyer photo) 


r/-m\ irjiTil 


- / 

v4 is soldered in place 
\/^dl using a torch and 
silver solder." 

— Zazct Revishvili 

Zaza Revishvili 

Dept. BL1. 2012 Linden Ave. 
Madison. Wl 53704 

Specialties High-end an knives, includ- 
ing daggers, sabers and kindjals; also 
collaborations with other lop makers, 
including locking liner folders 
Blade Steels Damascus made and; or 
ground by assorted makers 
Handles Silver filigree w garners and 
other gemstones. fossil ivories, woods, 
gold and other natural materials; also 
does sheaths and scabbards in same 
Embellishment Does own engraving 

ing a Revislivili dagger would be at leasi a high- 
ranking officer, if not a general or a prince of the 

"For Georgia and Russia, custom blademak- 
ing has very ancient traditions. 1 am working to 
preserve the traditions of Georgian art, and to 
further develop and enrich it with new designs 
and ideas," Zaza says. "I wish to expand the 
knowledge and presence of this work in the 
world." Since l l Wl he has participated in the 
design and handcrafting of artifacts, sculpture 
and jewelry in silver, gold, non-ferrous and 
ferrous metals, wood, fossil ivory and other 
natural materials. 

Fascinated from youth with the beauty of 
swords and daggers, Zaza has specialized in 
knife and sword design, sheath, scabbard and 
handle making, ornamentation and custom 
engraving. From 1987-1991 he worked in inte- 
rior design at the Factory of Designers Associa- 
tion of Georgia. Before that, between 1 985 and 
WN7. lie was with S.K.B. T.S.A.A. Architec- 
tural Co. specializing in architectural interior 
and exterior project design, and lias an Interna- 
tional Bachelors Degree of Art from the Tbilisi 
Stale Academy of Art. Tbilisi, where Zaza was 
bom. is the capital of the Georgian Republic. It 
is. Zaza says, the most beautiful city in Russia. 

It was while studying at the Tbilisi Slate 
Academy, at the tender age of 19. that Zaza 
started making custom knives and daggers. 
After graduation, and working as an interior 
designer, he made knives pan time as a hobby. 
Me was awarded the highest scholarship honor 
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Since arriving in the United States, Zaza has 
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Consider a dagger with a damascus blade 
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fine filigree, and inlaid with gold and or 
precious gems, [lien there is the intricately 
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canvas to give Zaza's filigree wizardry full 
reign. While remaining true to the folk art of his 
homeland. Revishvili's skill in ornamentation 
and custom engraving results in breathtaking 
works of art. 

Zaza has done collaborations with W.D. 
Pease, Don Fogg. Bertie Rietveld. Sieve 
Sehwarzer. Gil Hibben. Conny Persson. Al 
Dippold, Jacques jobin. Al Pendray. Reese 
Wetland and others, "Most of the work I have 
done with /a/a has been on daggers." I libben 
says. "We have dune a couple of really far-out 
fantasy pieces and ) challenged him to go 
beyond the traditiniwl styles. I wan led him to be 
more Iree and put out more fantasy-type things," 

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Hank Knickmeyer's damascus lend an air 
of art and tradition to the modem profile 
of a locking liner. Reese Wetland did the 
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In addition to silver filigree, 
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Conny Persson supplied the 
mosaic damascus blade on Zaza's 
Russian Prince Dagger. Again, 
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"With my colleagues 

from all over Russia, 

we started the Russian 

Knifemakers Guild." 

— Zaza Revishvili 

explains il thus; 'It is fine ornamentation with 
wires and beads. Kadi wire and bead is hand- 
made from silver. Each little piece is then 
soldered in place using a torch and silver 
solder." Revishvili is believed to be the only 
knifemaker in the USA or Europe who uses the 
traditional technique of filigree on both sheaths 
and handles. "Even in my home country," he 
says, "very few silversmiths are using this tech- 
nique, and all of them are from my home 
region. " 

As noted, Zaza specializes in high-end 
collectible art pieces. Few of his designs are 
traditional; most arc his own. "Knives have 
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high-level craftsmanship. The aesthetic part, 
design, is die result of talent. Today, it is hard to 
surprise anyone with high-quality function in 
knives because there is a high level of crafts- 
manship in knifemaking. What's left is talent 
with which one may surprise collectors," 

When the break-up of the Soviet Union 
came about in 1901, Zaza was living in 
Moscow. "A market for collectors started 
appearing and I started making custom knives 
for a living," he relates. "With my colleagues 
from all over Russia, we started the Russian 
Knifemakers Guild. Most Russian knifemakers 
are working in traditional designs and tech- 
niques, but the tendency of westernization in 
Russia is hitting this field loo." 

Knife shows such as those in the USA are 

not possible in Russia because of old restrictions 

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Knives Afield 

"No way was I going 

to get near so many 

people swinging sharp 

instruments in 

close quarters.' 

—the author 

By Tom Murphy 


The Benchmade Nimravus begins work on a Tsessebe an African 
plains antelope. According to the author, the knife held an edge 
throughout all the work in Africa. 

Benchmade and Cold Steel 
pieces get gang-tested 
in Africa 

by pros who hunt 
for a living 

I recently returned from a big safari in 
Botswana, Africa, where I hail the 
chance to put some knives to work dress- 
ing out Mi ick-ski nued game. You might find 
the results interesting. 

Chuck Fretwetl of Cold Steel sent me a 
selection of blades to use during my African 
sojourn. Meanwhile. Benchmade's Joe 
Verbanac provided me with some Allen 
1 lishew it/.-designed pre-production 

Nimravus I40BT skinners and an AFCK 
Model SOOS Folder to see how [hey would 
hold up under all-out work conditions. 

Spydercn sent along a folding hunter 
that, unfortunately, I was not able to test. 
My PH (Professional Hunter), Terry, 
borrowed it one morning and, every lime I 
went to get it back, he told me he "still 
needed if for a bit, sport." Seems as though 
he had heard ui the brand and. as u was I lie 

first Spyderco he had ever seen, lie was 
going to make sure it stayed with him. Actu- 
ally. 1 was pleased to give it to him and was 
assured il would have a place nl honot 
alongside his ,470 Nitro Express double 
rifle. I am going to test the Spyderco folder 
for a future article, 

In Africa 

Well, the short version is I was not able to 

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"They wet the blade, 

rub it in sand and 

strop it against the 

back of another knife." 

— the author 

bend, fold or break any of die kmws. so I 
thought it was time to let ilie pros ha\c a 
shot at them. Considering the high quality of 
i lie knives, I would have been highlj 
surprised il any of iliem did anything but 

We h;id been on an elephant control 
hunt for eight of 15 days when 
we took an old large male. 
Control hunts help keep the 
animal population from 
overwhelming us 
resources. There 
j re too many 
elephants in 
this partic- 
ular area 
of Botswana 
and. withou 
some sort of eontro 
they would quickly cat 
all available food and then 
suffer from starvation. In 
control hunting, the older 
males way past the breeding age 
are hunted, freeing up the younger 
males to breed and thus strengthen 
the entire herd. 

Now that we had an animal came the 
hard pan All the meat was given to the 
local villagers and ihey were more than 
happy to assist in harvesting it. The morning 
after the hunt, about 30 people appeared to 

cut up the meat, all packing long-blade 
knives of various types, from cheap kitchen 
utensils to medium-dollar hunters. 

I watched from a distance — no way was 
1 going to gel near so many people swinging 
sharp instruments in close quarters — and 
then talked one of the skinners into trading 
blades for a while. I swapped htm a Cold 
Steel Bushman and back to work he went. It 
worked so well for him that I quickly passed 
out the other blades and sat back and 
watched some serious butchering. 

After the operation was over 
and the meat was hung to dry, [ 
collected the knives, checked 
them over and asked about 
their usefulness. One morn- 
ing spent cutting up 
African game easily puts 
a lifetime of wear on a 
knife thai you or 1 
carry into the Held. 
In no particular 
order, follow- 
ing is how 

the knives 

Bushman & 
Master Hunter 

The Bushman is listed 
in the Cold Steel catalog 
as "an economical 

"The Bushman 
certainly provides a lot 

of value." 

— the author 

survival knife" and retails for S21.W — defi- 
nitely not a high-dollar knife, and not some- 
hing I would necessarily choose as a 
primary skinner/butcher knife. I also carried 
a stainless Master Hunter from the same 
company but my brother, Sean, grabbed it 
and used it later on a 200-pound Tsessehe 
(plains antelope). 

1 lost track of the Bushman for 
about 15 minutes until I saw the 
skinner carrying the knife and 
a large chunk of fillet. He 
was trailed by two other 
men who. through 
the help of my 
PH, were able 
to commu- 
nicate a 

The author said the Cold Steel Bushman performed like it did not 
know it is a $22 knife. He added that he wanted to bring it home, but 
the trackers in Botswana were not about to let it go. The entire piece — 
including blade (54 RC) and hollow handle— is cold forged from Cold Steel's 
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Knives Afield 

The author said the one-hand opening 
and performance qualifies of the Bench- 
made AFCK 800S came in particularly 
handy. The blade is ATS-34, the handle is 
G-10 and the liners are 6AL-4V titanium. 
Closed length: 5.3 inches. MSRP: $135. 

request. They wanted to know if I hail any 
more ul" the "black knives" for I hem. (The 
Bushman is nil black. * thc\ had watched 
the knife M work and. all of a sodden, their 
equipmenl just would not "till it" anymore. 
Seems as though when il eame to butcher 
work, i he $22 Bushman did the job. I had 
another Bushman anil it was appropriated 

The Bushman blade is SK-5. a high- 
carbon steel Thai lakes a good edge and, 
when the blade dulls — as it does cutting 
through 2-inch- thick hide -a quick strop 
across a steel bungs the edge right back. 
The natives do not have a steel or stone to 
use in re-sharpeniug, m> they make do w ilh 
what is at hand. They wet the blade, rub it in 
sand — Botswana is almost all sand — and 
strop it against I he back of another knife. It 
is unpleasant to watch bui it sure gels the 
job done. 

"None did anything 

but cut — and my 

finger is healing well, 

thank you." 

— the author 

The Bushman is billed as a 
survival/outdoor knife with a hollow handle 
where ilems such as matches, hundred dollar 
bills (useful in the urban wilds), fish line 

and othci hi is ami pieces can be siored. 
Unlike some hollow handles, this knife has 
no joint or seam bciween the blade and 
handle, Il is all steel ami has withstood 4000 
pounds of pressure on the transition point 

without shearing in Cold SleeTs testing 
regimen. The company also asserts lhat the 
Bushman blade can be bent past a 70-degree 
angle without snapping. Needless to say, I 
will leave the heavy-duty bending to ihe 
guys at Cold Steel. 

I left both of ihe knives in Botswana 
with the skinners, and I plan on doing a 
follow-up when I reiurn. Eight months in 
the hands of a professional skinner ought to 
show if the Bushman is worth the princely 
sum of $21. 99! 

I wanted lo keep the Cold Steel Master 
Hurler for myself but, as noted, my brother 
had other ideas. When the knife was 
returned to mc. it was evident lhat it had 
been used quite hard. The AUS-XA stainless 
blade showed numerous strappings but noi 
;in> serious sharpening Mere again, ihe 
skinners were reluctant to turn loose of the 
knife, and had actually laid aside their own 
blades in preference for (his one. My brother 
has since used it on a couple of California 
wild boars with excellent results. He 
complained, though, that he finally had to sit 
down and give it a serious sharpening — this 
"only" after one elephant and two hogs! 

Nimravus & AFCK 

The Bencbmade Nimravus deserves some 
speeial comments. Benchmade officials 
indicated that the plain-edge ATS-34 blade 
should work well for dressing and skinning. 
They coated it with their BT-2 Teflon™- 
based polymer, baked on and actually 
impregnated into the steel. The finish can be 
marked with use but not removed. As this 
blade had taken my fancy, it went to 
Richard, ihe head tracker, so i could keep 
close watch on it. 

When it was returned, a liitle after high 
noon, I was halfway into a siesta and really 
did not look at it until later. The following 
morning, while starting ibis article, I took a 
closer look at the cutting edge to see how 
much material had been removed during 
stropping. Ilmmm. Other than a few slight 
small scratches on the coating, the blade 
i. '■! >ked iiL-v. . I asked Richard llmi much lie 

had actually used it. Through the interpreter 
and by watching hand movements, it was 
conveyed to me that he had a house full of 
meal courtesy of the Nimravus. and would I 
consider parting with the knife? My reply 
was in the negative because I wanted to put 
it iti rough the wringer upon my return to 
America and sec what il would really do. 

Right now the Nimravus is on my son- 
in-law's belt somewhere in the Sierra 
Nevada Mountains. He has hunting like 
some people have religion and is gone at 
least every other weekend. 1 have no idea 
how many animals have seen the knife, but 
il is in constant use. I have now been 
politely informed by him that 1 no longer 
own a Nimravus! 

This just left the Benchmade AFCK 
S00S for me lo play with — or so 1 thought. 
It is a great one-hand knife. The thumb hole 
in ihe blade makes opening a cinch. Work- 
ing with slippery game in one hand and 

trying lo open a knife with Ihe other can 
easily lead lo cut fingers. Not so when a 
quick Hick of a thumb pops the 3,9 inch, 
half-serrated blade out and locked. At 4 
ounces, il carries easily in a pockel using ihe 
stainless steel clip mounted on the compos- 
ite, bead-blasted handle. 

The skinners had a bit of a problem 
trying to figure out how to edge a half- 
serralcd blade but. judging h\ I he strop 
marks, managed to make it work. The hlade 
is stainless bui has such a high carbon 
content to help hold an edge lhai it can 
rust — as can any stainless blade unless 
kept clean and oiled. Il only gol a casual 
wipe down before returning home. Thai was 
enough, however, as the blade remained 
spotless. The only problem was the blade 
did not remain mine. 

At the Safari Club convention in Reno. 
Nevada. I ran into Donnie. Ihe other PH on 
the safari. He mentioned lhal Terry had been 
making a bit of noise about his "new folding 
knife." and did I know anything aboul it? I 
had ihe Benchmade with me and you can 
probably guess the resi. Looks like my next 
hunl will rely on my Swiss Army knife, as 
thai is all I have left from my big African 

"The Nimravus will be 

around long after my 

hunting career is over." 

— the author 

Report Card 

All the knives performed exeellenily. as 
should be expected given iheir high quality. 
None did anything bui cut —and my finger 
is healing welt, thank you. 1 only wish 1 
could have played with the Spydereo a bit 
longer. Cold Steel's blades do exactly what 
they are built lo do. and the Bushman 
certainly provides a lot of value. Benchmade 
ktiives are not cheap in price or quality. The 
Nimravus will he around long af'ier my 
hunting career is over. 

My choice? That is difficult to say. 
Based entirely on personal preferences, 
stainless knives work well for me because I 
am loo lazy to oil my blades after every use, 
and usually ihe stainless is lough enough to 
survive the idiot goings-on lo which I find 
myself subjecting them. I will take a blade 
in ihe 3 I /2-to-4-inch range over any others 
lor all m\ general hunting work. If I reed 
more culling power, I will get an axe or a 

For information on the knives in the story, 
contact Cold Steel, atm: C Fretwell, Dept. 
BLI. 3036-A Seaborg, Ventura, Of 93603 
(H05) 650-8481 and/or Benchmade, am: J. 
Verbanac, Dept. BLI, 300 Beavercreek, 
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Gentlemen s knives should be 
small and slim, according to John 
Perry, who built the all-damascus 
folder (left) to stretch /usf 3 3/8 
inches closed with a 2 5/8-inch 
Fred Durio hvist-damascus blade 
and a titanium leaf lock. Don 
Hanson Ill's pearl and damascus 
locking-liner folder is the defini- 
tion of a fancy gent's knife with 
subtle embellishments like gold- 
lip-pearl inlays on the handle 

emlemen. gentlemen. Ma) I have 
V^J your attention, please? We have your 
knives, but there seems to be a problem. 
These are not all-black, bead-blasted, stealth. 
Rambo-looking folders with beery handles 
and pocket clips. Something is amiss, and 
when we get to the bottom of if. we will 
contact you. Any questions'? 

No questions. Just answers, il seems 
collectors have gone classy and are asking for 
more than bulletproof knives. They're seek- 
ing knives with a little "panache," and what's 
more astounding is the cash they are willing 
to dish out for these little gems. 

"When customers come to me, they want 
a gent's folder, which is my mainstay," says 
knifemaker John Perry. "To me, that means a 
small, super-slim, elegant piece under 3 1/2 
inches. It can be a simple stainless folder with 
a pearl or ivory handle, an interframc. or even 
a small and slim damascus piece in the S475- 
S 1,500 range. 

"As far as price, I guess S750 is the most 
popular," Perry continues. "My customers are 
bankers, lawyers and doctors, and I guess diat 
is a price they can justifiably pay and still 
cany the knife in iheir pocket widiout having 
to "put them up," 1 sold a little, 3 l/8-inch. all- 
damascus folder to a local doctor who dressed 
a turkey with it." 

Most of Perry's customers aren't dressing 
turkeys with his folders, but they are carrying 
thetn, which is why gent's knives have to be 


What's Hot 

Shane Taylor's "bat-wing-style" folder 
appeals to the gent's knife senses 
with a 2 1 /2-inch starburst- 
damascus blade, a mammoth 
ivory handle, a citrine 
thumb stud and fancy 

Guild Times and Prosperity 

"Gem's knives are nice conversation pieces, 
They put them in ilieir packets here in the 
Northeast and go about their business." Levine 
uilils. "Times are good. 1 1 1 e> show i hem o IT as 
symbols of prosperity." 

Not convinced? Knife purveyor Jerry 
Schroeder says he sells high-end gentle- 
man's pieces in the 53.000- 
Sl 5.000 price 

category. "I have 
an advanced clien- 
tele," he admits. "I've 
been dealing for 30 years. 
The S400-S600 range is a 
dead area for me. The utility 
knife market got real hot for a 
couple years, but now guys are 
aihancing into the SKfKi-S 1.500 range." 
n the $800-$ 1,500 price point. Schroeder 
includes single- and double-bolster folders 
with damascus blades and bolsters, filework, 
pearl or ivory handles, minimal embellish- 
ing, and perhaps gold screws and gold 
^ opening studs. He indicates that 95 

^^ percent of his customers 

buying in that price 

slim. "Just big enough Co 

feel it and know il"s there," as Perry 

puts it. "Years ago. I was making clunkers, 

and then I saw a little Fred Carter interlrame 

and I went to work making gent's folders." 

Making gent's knives is nol a move Perry 
regrets. He has a couple of customers who will 
trade oil' one or two other knives to be able to 
afford one of his offerings, but most have the 
disposable income to afford them outright 

Does S750 sound like an awful lot of 
money for a folder'.' Not sure you can swing 
it? You're not alone, bui many might be 
surprised to find out what gent's knives arc 
fetching these days. Knife purveyor Gary 
Levine estimates his sales in them to average 
S 1, 000-S2.000 apiece. 

"These are people from all over the coun- 
try, people who are collectors, enthusiasts, 
collectors who must have things, so they find 
llie iiinncv" lie notes , Ten|ile who | 1;iw done 
nicely in business and have some income to 
spend will put a thousand-dollar knife in their 
pocket -well, they'll put it in a nice case and 
ilien in their pocket so ii won't jingle against 
the keys and coins " 

"These are little pieces 
of pocket art." 

— Gaty Levine 

the knives, not using them. 

"Once you gel past SI, 500, you get into a 
much more intricate knife with more embell- 
ishment, like carved-gold screws, pearl inlays 
in the spine of the handle and gold inlays in 
the blade with engraving," he explains. 

"] would think anybody who is in the 
mainstream working environment could afford 
an $800-51.500 collectible depending on what 
they collect, whether guns, coins, knives, 
whatever." Schroeder continues. "Most collec- 
tors are self-employed businessmen, doctors, 
lawyers, stockbrokers or guys who have done 
well in the stock market." 

AT. Barr's gent's knives tend to be more 
inexpensive, with his best-selling examples 
carrying maker's list prices of $400-5450. An 
example of a knife fitting into that genre 
would be a 3-incli clip point with a inolher-of- 
pearl. jigged-bone orG-10 handle with a bit of 

"I want my knives to be used, obviously," 

Banr declares, "even if it is to open envelopes 
and clean fingernails, not locked in a safe." 

Levine adds. "Good criteria for a gent's 
pocketknife is a folder with a 3 -inch blade or 
shorter that you can stick comfortably in your 
pocket, ll would include a mastodon ivory, 
pearl or exotic wood handle with a stainless or 
damascus blade, a little flashy, a little elegant. 

"I hat's not to saj it has to be a single 
bladed knife," he emphasizes. "I've been sell- 
ing several multi-blades made by Tony Bosc, 
Eugene Shad ley and Terry Davis in classic 

Name recognition, Levine stresses, is 
important in buying gent's knives. Potential 
buyers should buy the best quality at a price 
that is affordable. "Buy from makers who 
have reputations and have been selling knives 
for years." he suggests. 

"Track what their knives sold for in 1990 
and what they are selling for now." Levine 
instructs. ''Look for a design, size and shape 
that appeals to you. The quality, lit and finish 
must be perfect. The lines of the knife have to 
be appealing to you. These are little pieces of 
pocket art." 

"The knife should go together," Schroeder 
agrees. "You shouldn't see any problems 
where the bolsters meet the handle material. 
You shouldn't sec any gaps, and the blade 
should open and close with ease. It should 
function like a piece of machinery." 

My Good Gents 

Gent's knives. Schroeder suggests, are one of 
the hotter commodities in the knife industry 
depending on name recognition — depending 
on who's hot and who's not. In Schroeder's 
list of hot makers, he includes John W. Smith, 
Don Hanson 111, Tony Bosc, frank Poller. 
Rick Dunkerley, Shane Taylor, Barry 
Gallagher, Rex Robinson. Steve Schwarzer 
and Ray Cover, among others. 

"The quintessential gent's knife makers 
are guys like Joe Kious, Warren Osborne. Jack 
Buslield, Frank C'entofante, Don Hanson HE 
and Bill Pease," Levine determines. "There are 
still wonderful gent's folders available for 
under 51,000 from such makers as Kious and 
Bob Conley. Coniey offers S30D-S400 folders 
with mother-of-pearl handles, filework and 

"Wharncliffcs are hot blade shapes," 
Levine expounds, "or blades widi a soil drop 
point, or a simple clip point. There are a vari- 
ety of popular blade shapes, including inter- 
pretations of the classic Persians and 
symmetrical daggers." 

"Any lighter blades are hot items, though 
tantos have died off." Schroeder adds. "That 
was a black knife stigma. Everyone liked the 
armor-piercing blades, but a lanto is not a 
good fit in a gentleman's knife." 

It is important to know what is hot and 
who is hot in gent's knives to ensure a fair, if 
not a profitable, resale value. "If a guy wants 
to retain the value of his knife, he has to keep 
it in the same condition as when he purchased 
the piece," Schroeder imparts. "Even stainless 
steel knives have to be contained in an envi- 
ronment with no humidity and no drastic 

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change of temperature, Otherwise, you'il 
crack or swell the ivory, or rust the blade. 

"Resale value absolutely depends on who 
you are selling to" he continues. "If you're 
sdlini! to me. \i>ii uill lose irionev because I 
li;i> e lo make mone\ Instead, you have to 
attend shows to try ii> find a collector inter- 
ested in a knife style, particularly if it has 
remained or gotten hot and was purchased 
from a hot maker. Then, you may be able to 
lind a dealer willing to pay more than what 
you paid. I've done it at shows before." 

"When I buy a gent's 

folder, I am buying 

part of the maker." 

— John Fraps 

A few other opt i tins, Levi tie notes, are lo 
buy a table tit a knife show, put the knives up 
for auction, or go back lo the maker and osk 
him or her lo put the knife on his/her table at a 
show. Makers will often, for a small lee or no 
fee at all. clean up small scratches or polish up 
laded ivory and resell gent's knives for collec- 
tors and customers. 

Gent's knife collectors seem to be a curi- 
ous breed who aren't hung up on making 
money on [heir collections. John Fraps owns 
several of Barr's folders. "When I buy a 
gent's knife, I am buying part of the maker." 
he says. 

"I sit down and talk to the maker and get 
to know him." Fraps explains. "If he is as 
friendly as Frank Ccntofante: if it is a maker 
whose work I respect, like Mike Sakmar: or if 
he i> 11 good friend and mentor like IT Alton 
Holder, then I'll pay a thousand dollars for a 
folder even if 1 don't think paying a thousand 
dollars for a folder is a real smart business 

Enjoyed But Not tarried 

"1 think that is why a lot of collectors collect. 
They have respect lor the maker, the creator," 
Fraps expounds. "These are artists in many 
cases. You don't carry art." 

A few years ago, at the age of 50, Fraps 
retired from corporate America. Someday, he 
hopes to display the knives in his collection, 
explaining thai it is difficult to put a knife 
purchased for around $675 in his pocket. Mis 
price range for gent's knives hovers in the 
$300-SI. 000 range. 

"1 gel and look at knife books and say, 'I 
have CO own one of these knives."" he details. 
"If money were no object, I would carry the 
Barr folder [ own with file worked and 
anodized titanium liners, titanium bolsters, 
fileworked screws, u hand-rubbed ATS-34 
blade and matching presen tat ion -grade pieces 
of pearl on each side of the handle. 

"Everywhere artwork could be done, it is 
done in a tasteful ma n iter," he adds. "!f 1 was 
going to present .i knife lo the president ol the 
United Stales with absolute honor lo that 


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Tech locks 

By BLADE® staff 

No More 

Al first glance. Bob Dozier' s Tah Slop 
mechanism appears to be a "double 
locking liner."' It is in a way but the 
real key to the mechanism is that it elimi- 
nates the need Tor the slop pin in locking- 
liner folders. 

The stop pin is the pin that goes through 
the handle on most locking-liner folders just 
below the pivot. A cut-out must be made at 
the base of the blade that hooks on or wraps 
around the pin to stop the hlade once the 
knife has been opened. If it were not for the 
stop pin. the blade would not "stop" in the 
fully open position. 

According to Dozier, since the blades of 
most locking liners require the cut-out to 
hook onto the slop pin, the blade shape is 
restricted to one that will accommodate the 
shape of the cut-out. With the Tab Stop, he 
stressed, there is no need for a stop pin and 
thus no need for the cut-out. Hence, the 
blade can be just aboul whatever shape the 
maker wants it to be. 

"I can use any blade configuration I 
want without having lo fight the slop pin." 
Dozier noted. "For instance, you can't put 
(an integral) guard on a standard locking 
liner because when you swing the blade 

138/ BLADE 

The spring a 

Dozier 's knife 

(right) works like that 

tl .«S of any other lockin 

liner. However, flip the 

folder over and you see 

the genius of the Tab Stop 

, (left). It appears to be a 

secondary lock spring but, in 

reality, replaces the stop pin to 

"stop" the blade in the fully 

open position. 

Dozier's Tab Stop offers a common-sense 
alternative to locking-liner construction 

closed, the guard would hit the stop pin." 

The Tab Stop looks like the spring of a 
locking liner, except it is atop the handle 
instead of on the underside. Consequently, 
you have what appears to be a double lock- 
ing liner. "It's not really a double lock 
because there is only one lock (the standard 
spring) and one stop (the Tab Stop)," Dozier 

However, the Tab Stop does differ from 
the spring in the way it abuts against the 
blade. The spring clicks in behind the blade 
at an angle to lock it open, as on most lock- 
ing liners. Conversely, the spot al which the 
Tab Slop moves in behind the blade is 
beveled for the Tab Slop to wedge into it. 

The knife itself has a lightweight — it is 
just over 4 ounces — and slim feel, and the 
blade locks open with a solid click. The 
high-hol low-ground blade is D-2 and there 
is a hole for a lanyard. The only thing miss- 
ing is a pocket clip — if that is something 
you would miss — which is no reason to 
bypass this slick little folder. 

For more information contact Boh Dozier, 
Dept. BLi, FOB J 941. Springdale, AR 
72765 (SO!) 756-0023. BLADE 

Since the 
blades of 

most locking 
liners require a 
cut-out to 
the stop pin 
(arrow, above), the 
blade shape is 
restricted to one 
that will accommo- 
date the shape of 
the cut-out With 
the Tab Stop 
(above, left), 
Dozier stressed, 
there is no need 
for a stop pin and I 
thus no need for 
the cut-out. 
Hence, the blade 
can be just about 
whatever shape the 
maker wants it to 

Dozier's knives with the 
Tab Stop look pretty 
much like standard lock 
ing-liner folders— but 
looks can be deceiving! 


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